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[photo] Autumn on the Hackensack River, New York
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1986
Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: Sold 16 March 1981 for $825 by Sotheby's, Los Angeles, as lot 218 in sale 299. Sold 23 September 1982 for $770 by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot 151 in sale 3220P. Offered 21 June 1984 (not sold) by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot 2158 in Important American and European Paintings sale. Sold 22 May 1986 for $1210 by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot 2003 in sale 3677P.
Reproductions: Sotheby's 16 March 1981 sale catalog, Butterfield & Butterfield 23 September 1982 sale catalog, Butterfield & Butterfield 21 June 1984 sale catalog, Butterfield & Butterfield 22 May 1986 sale catalog, Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #78 (color, 1986).
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 63000778
Site: The Hackensack river meanders gently from the southern edge of New York state into northern New Jersey, parallel to the Hudson river. There do not appear to be any landmarks in the painting that pinpoint the exact location along the river, but it may be between the towns of West Nyack and Blauvelt, New York, in which case the road at the left of the painting would be the road that connects those two towns and the view would be to the south.
Description: A very colorful painting. The river is in the lower right center; two cows, one white, one brown, stand on the right bank at the river's edge. Eastern forest trees, mostly green but one turned to brown, and boulders are on the left bank with a path leading up the hill to the left between dark green trees. Several more cows stand along the left bank in the distance. On the right bank are seen a few more brown trees among the green. Very bright, grey sky. A dead branch is caught on a rock along the shore. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: The title is from the 1981 sale catalog, which reports a verso inscription. The 1982 and 1986 sale catalogs use the alternate title, but the three catalog photographs appear to be of the same painting. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 1986 sale.
Other title(s): Autumn river landscape (1982 and 1986 sale catalogs)
In index(es): Title list, eastern United States scenes, pastoral and rural scenes

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