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[photo] [Morning on Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley, California [2]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 76 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer" in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, 28 February 2010
Reproductions: Bonhams & Butterfields sale catalog 17748, lot 7037 (color)
Site: A view of Yosemite Valley looking southwest across Mirror Lake, with the geological formation known as Royal Arches on the right.
Note: This painting is one of the few by Schafer in which the surrounding landscape is faithfully reflected in the water, probably because that reflection is the defining feature of Mirror Lake.
Identification: The assigned, descriptive title used here is based on two other very similar paintings (Morning on Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley, California [1] and Morning on Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley California [3]) that were titled by the artist.
Other title(s): Yosemite from the Merced (From the Bonhams & Butterfields 28 February 2010 sale catalog. This title, of unknown source, is technically incorrect, since the lake depicted is on Tenaya Creek, a tributary of the Merced River.)

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