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[photo] Winter in the Sierras on the Central Pacific Railroad

Medium: oil (on canvas?)
Size: 24 x 16 in (61 x 41 cm)
Inscription: l/l, "F. Schafer.", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: With Harry Shaw Newman Galleries (The Old Print Shop), December 1946
Exhibited: The American Scene in Winter, New York City, 1946
Reproductions: Wolf, Ben, "When winter comes", Art Digest (December 1946) page 15; William K. Dick photo #173 (undated); Comstock, Helen, "The American Scene in Winter", page 44.
Description: A train pulled by two engines steams dramatically out of a showshed in a snowbound mountain pass with a conifer forest in the background. Black smoke rises from large stacks at the front of each engine, while steam escapes from a smaller stack of the front engine. Both engines have prominent bells. A tree in the left foreground leans across the shed, threatening to collapse it. In the left foreground is a clearing littered with criss-crossed fallen trees and a boulder. The trees in the background are indistictly drawn. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: This is the same scene as After a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Summit Station, Central Pacific Railroad but viewed from a vantage point farther to the right. The exhibition is mentioned in the note from Art Digest. The photograph by William K. Dick is of the Art Digest photograph.

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