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[photo] Evening on the Amazon River, South America

Medium: oil on canvas (lined? See note.)
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, initials conjoined in a monogram
Verso: l/c "Ev. on the Amazone Riv / Sth. America" printed in block lettering but not in the artist's hand, some letter strokes strangely omitted.
Provenance: In private collection, New Jersey; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 11 April 2005. With Spanierman Gallery LLC, New York City, January 2006. With Heritage Auctions, Inc., Dallas, Texas, 9 November 2006.
Reproductions: Bonhams & Butterfields sale catalog 13084 lot 92 (color); Heritage Auctions, Inc. sale catalog 638 lot 25106 (color).
Note: (1) There is no evidence that Schafer ever actually visited Brazil. This painting is probably a composite based on a local river and photographs or sketches of South American locales, perhaps a painting done for a commission. (2) Although none of the sale catalogs describe the painting as lined, the clean, white appearance of the back, the neatly trimmed edges and folded corners at the edge of the stretcher bars, and what appear to be edges of the original canvas in the verso photograph suggest that it has been lined. If so, the verso inscription may have been transcribed from an the original canvas at the time of lining.
Identification: Title from the verso inscription. The photographs from each of the sales match.

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