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[photo] Glacier in Alaska
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1988
Date: 1889
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer 1889", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: reported to be l/r "Glacier in Alaska", from photograph before lining.
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 6 October 1988; to private collection, 1988; by gift to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau Alaska, October, 1996.
Reproductions: 6 October 1988 sale catalog 3983P/P39, lot 4038; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #90 (color, 1988).
Citations: Juneau-Douglas City Museum acquisition number 96.31.001.
Description: On the left, a conifer-covered bank and cliff in browns. On the right, a glacier pushing by a mountain peak into a lake or bay on the lower right. The sun shines brightly from off the canvas to the left, although the sky is a cloudy grey with a very bright patch of cloud near the horizon and a little blue near the top. Snow dominates the right part, while forest foliage dominates the left, almost two different paintings. (From a color photograph.)
Legend: Said to have been found by a picker in a barn in British Columbia and passed to a dealer in Los Angeles, who repaired, restored, and framed it before selling it at auction.

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