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[photo] [Yosemite Valley from Union Point]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schäfer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: n.v. (lined)
Provenance: With Kerwin Galleries, Burlingame, California, 1989. With Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, 17 January 1990
Exhibited: American Painting (Maxwell): A Comprehensive Exhibition, San Francisco, 1973.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #11 (color, 1973); Kerwin Galleries photo (color); William K. Dick photo #109 (color, 1972); 17 January 1990 sale catalog 2162P, lot 351
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 83180117; American Painting exhibition catalog
Site: Sentinel Rock, Yosemite Valley, California, viewed from the Glacier Point trail, with the Merced river visible in the bottom of the valley at the right. The vantage point is substantially further back from Sentinel Rock than is the E. Muybridge 1872 photograph [Naef, Weston J., Era of Exploration, plate 81].
Description: On the left, a steep cliff drops from a pointed promontory to the bottom of a deep canyon at the right. Another cliff in the hazy distance carries the horizon across to the right edge of the scene. In the foreground, bright white boulders line the trail edge; forest debris litters the trail. The conifers near the trail are quite detailed; those near the canyon bottom are a single brushstroke each. The sky is cloudy. (From the painting, 14 October 1989.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as reported by the Inventory of American Paintings entry, based on the exhibition catalog, which provides only the title and size. The Early California and Western Art Research index and the photograph by William K. Dick both identify the Maxwell Galleries, Ltd. exhibition.
Other title(s): Yosemite scene (1989 Kerwin Galleries listing, 1990 sale catalog)

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