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Painting record FFSd0551

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[photo] Morning on Silver Lake, California [1]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, underlined
Verso: "Morning on Silver Lake/California" in black brush on the canvas.
Provenance: Sold 23 January 1991 for $1000 by O'Gallerie Inc., Portland, Oregon, as lot 748. Was seen by restorers in an private collection, Portland, Oregon, in 1999.
Reproductions: 23 January 1991 sale broadside
Description: Under a grey, cloudy sky a short, bushy tree stands on the left amidst several boulders, of which several more stand in the shallows of a lake. A snag with several branches hangs across two boulders just above the water. Wildflowers dot the grassy shore under the tree. In the distance more forest is seem dimly across the lake. (From a color photograph.)
Note: 1. This painting may bear some relation to Evening on Silver Lake, California (attributed) 2. There are a half-dozen bodies of water named "Silver Lake" in California. Another painting of the same scene as this one has the title Silver Lake below Lake Tahoe, California, which potentially identifies the correct "Silver Lake". However, that identification is unconfirmed. 3. Paintings with this title have appeared in at least three 19th century auction catalogs but without enough information to either include or exclude the possibility that one of them is this painting. See Paintings known only by title for details.
In index(es): Title list, Lake Tahoe and environs, miscellaneous other well-known landmarks

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