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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

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[photo] [Yosemite Valley 3]
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1982
Date: 1904
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 16 x 24 in (41 x 61 cm)
Inscription: l/r "Frederick Schafer 1904", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 5 March 1979; to collection of Wendy Willrich, Piedmont, California, 1979.
Exhibited: Views of Yosemite, Fresno, 1982. California Impressions: Landscapes from the Wendy Willrich Collection, San Francisco, 2006-2007.
Reproductions: 5 March 1979 sale catalog 3021, lot 21; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #43 (color, 1979); Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #61 (color, 1982); 2006 exhibition catalog (color), plate 7, page 51.
Citations: 1982 exhibition catalog; Inventory of American Paintings… record 86980028
Site: A view looking East, up Yosemite Valley, California, from along the Madera road, in the area near Artist's Point, with El Capitan to the left, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall on the right, and Half Dome silhouetted against the sky in the distance through the haze.
Description: Tiny figures of a man and a child stand on the road near the center, talking with a woman who carries a back pack (a papoose?) seated on a small rock next to a large boulder; each figure holds a walking stick. Far below, the bright ribbon of the Merced river winds through the bottom of the valley. Two fallen tree trunks sprawl across some large boulders at the left. The entire picture is very light and bright with great depth. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Descriptive title as used in the 1979 sale catalog. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 5 March 1979 sale and the Fresno exhibition; a later ECWAR slide identifies the collector. The 5 March 1979 sale catalog gives the size as 16 x 24 inches.

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