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[photo] Morning in the woods [2]
Photo credit: Maxwell Galleries, Ltd., San Francisco
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 12 in (51 x 30 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: said to be "Morning in the woods", in the artist's hand
Provenance: With Maxwell Galleries, Ltd., San Francisco, 1999; to private collection, Mendocino, California, July 1999.
Description: Two deer cross a sunlit patch in a deeply rutted path leading into a broadleaf forest. A tall brown tree stands on the right side of the path; behind it is a thinner tree, a second one that leans across the first two, and a snag leaning across all three. Some smaller trees stand on the left side, and in the distance the trunks of two birch trees are visible against the forest. The foreground is shadowed, while the middle and background are in bright sun. A tiny patch of blue sky appears at the very top of the painting; the sky in the center of the painting is a cloudy white. (From a color photograph.)
Note: 1. See the list of forest path scenes for several other works of similar composition. The painting Morning in the woods, which has the same title, size, and signature location and was offered at auction on November 7, 1998, by the no longer extant Southland Auctions, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, may be the same painting. 2. A painting with the same title was offered as lot #62 in an 18 September 1884 auction in San Francisco but there is not enough information in that auction notice to either include or exclude the possibility that it is the same painting.
In index(es): Title list, Barbizon-style forest interiors, forest path scenes

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