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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

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[photo] The Bridal Veil Fall and El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley, California

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: signed l/l "F. Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: titled l/c "The Bridal Veil Fall and El Capitan / in the Yosemite Valley California" in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand; paper label of Wortsman Rowe Galleries Inc.
Provenance: Sold 25 March 1974 by Wortsman Stewart Galleries, Inc., San Francisco, California, inventory # C-177, to Dr. Laurance Korn, Huntington Beach, California; sold 13 October 2020 for $21,324 (including buyer's premium) by Bonhams, Los Angeles, California, as lot 18 in sale 26091 (CAL20101LA), "Calfornia and Western Art: 40th Anniversary Auction".
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #16 (color, 1974); William K. Dick photo #92 (1974); Bonhams sale catalog (color, 2020).
Site: Looking East into Yosemite Valley, California, from beside the Merced river, near the point known currently as Valley View, with El Capitan on the left, Bridalveil Fall on the right, and Half Dome in the distance.
Description: A white and blue river winds from the center to the left and then back to exit on the right. A fisherman stands with his pole extended on the left bank, facing the waterfall and a snag in the middle of the river. The left foreground is covered with dry, brown brush above green grass; the sky is quite cloudy. The painting is executed in bright colors and is generally quite light. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Title from artist's verso inscription. The Early California and Western Art Research slide and the photo from William K. Dick both identify the Wortsman Stewart Galleries, Inc. offering. A note on the back of the William K. Dick photo gives the size as 20 x 36 in, but the proportions of the photo are those of a 30 x 50 painting, which is confirmed by the Bonhams sale catalog.
Other title(s): Yosemite (Wortsman Stewart Galleries, Inc. label)
In index(es): Title list, fishing scenes, Yosemite Valley--classic view

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