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[photo] [Mountain landscape 10]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on artist's board
Size: 15 x 12 in (38 x 30 cm)
Inscription: l/l "FSchafer" in in the rounded sketch hand with some elements that resemble the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: no inscription
Provenance: With eBay, Incorporated, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 18-23, 2007, again December 22, 2007, February 28, 2008, and 9-14 July 2008, and with a different Montevideo seller 12-19 October 2008; to private collection, La Grande, Oregon, October 2008.
Reproductions: October 2007 eBay, Incorporated on-line listing.
Citations: eBay, Incorporated #29012242400, #290174021041, #290202618049, #380045083562, and #360097456179
Attribution: Being a field sketch could explain some unusual aspects of the painting that make it different from most work by Schafer. It has a uniform level of illumination across the painting, the sky is largely featureless, and there is a surprising lack of detail in the foliage, for example in the prominent conifer on the right side. In a studio painting, these items would be red flags that raise a concern about the identity of the artist, but for a sketch they are less of an issue. The signature appears to be typical, but it is more typical of the signatures that appear on his studio paintings; Schafer's signature on sketches often is done with more rounded letters.
Note: 1. The eBay, Incorporated listings give the size as 16 x 12 inches, but the 2008 owner reports the actual size is 15 x 12 and all of the images are consistent with the smaller size. 2. The small size, the use of artist's board, and the rough brushwork with minimal finish all suggest that it this a field sketch rather than a studio painting. However, no studio paintings have yet emerged that appear to be based on this sketch.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title

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