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[photo] Evening on Lake Tahoe
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1972
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (?)
Inscription: not visible in photograph
Provenance: With Green Point Gallery, Los Angeles, February 1972.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #37 (color, 1972)
Description: An encampment consisting of two tepees and a leanto stands on a point at the lake shore. Two canoes rest half-way onto the bank at the point, while several figures cluster around a bright campfire. A reddish glow behind the leanto suggests another campfire. In the foreground, driftwood lines the banks of the lake, which is shallow enough that water plants grow a few feet out from the shore. Farther to the left below the bank fallen trees and boulders add to the clutter; a dead tree stands at the left edge and a white tree trunk lies across a boulder near the water's edge, pointing to the camp. Farther back behind the camp the brush and trees become dense and dark, with several nearly leafless and jagged tree trunks penetrating the bright sky. The sky contains a few orange clouds which thicken to red near the horizon, where a low round-topped mountain is seen on the right. The lake indistinctly reflects the far bank as a dark shape, and the bright sky in contrast. (From a color photograph.)
Note: A painting with this title was mentioned in an auction announcement in the 7 June 1881 issue of the Grass Valley (California) Daily Union but there is not enough information in that article to either include or exclude the possibility that it is the same painting.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the photograph by William K. Dick. The size is from a note on the back of that photograph, but the painting in that photograph appears to be of more nearly square proportions, perhaps 30 x 36 inches; the edges are not visible, so the photo may have been cropped.
In index(es): Title list, Indian encampments as incidental subjects, lake cove scenes, Lake Tahoe and environs, sunset scenes

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