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[photo] [Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite Valley 7]

Medium: oil on board
Size: 6 x 10 in (15 x 25 cm)
Inscription: l/r: "F. Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: no inscription
Provenance: Sold 30 November 1996 for $850 by Young Fine Arts, North Berwick, Maine, as lot 262, to private collection, New England.
Reproductions: Young Fine Arts 30 November 1996 sale catalog.
Site: View of Bridalveil Fall and the Merced river, Yosemite, from the valley floor.
Description: A field sketch in oil. Bridalveil Fall thunders down over a greyish cliff into a cloud of mist. Cathedral Rocks loom above the falls and off the top of the painting. The Merced River covers much of the visible valley floor, as well as the entire front edge of the painting. A long, narrow, island in the middle of the river extends across most of the foreground. A half-dozen conifers stand on the right against a blurred forest; there are several more indistinct conifers near the middle, just to the left of the waterfall; on the left bank are two or three more hastily sketched conifers, with El Capitan rising steeply, and somewhat fuzzily, behind. The sky is whitish blue with fluffy white clouds. Some distance down the valley on the right side is a rock formation, probably Sentinel Rock. (From the painting, 12/21/96)
Note: The small size suggests that this may be an on-site sketch. When the painting was cleaned in 1997, dirt was found under the varnish, in some cases deeply embedded in the paint, supporting the conjecture that it was painted on-site.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title.
Other title(s): View in Yosemite (1996 sale catalog)
In index(es): Title list, Yosemite Valley--classic view, sketches

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