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Painting record FFSd0032

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[no photo] Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Valley, Early Morning

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer.", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, underlined, in black brush
Verso: l/c "Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite Valley/Early Morning", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, in black brush. Frame, l/r sticker "F. N. Marcom, Art Dealer, Oakland"
Provenance: In collection of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Willoughby, Piedmont, California, by 1962; loan to The Oakland Museum of California in 1962, by gift to The Oakland Museum of California 31 December 1963.
Exhibited: The painting hung in the Oakland City Manager's office until the October 1989 earthquake.
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 71066251; The Oakland Museum of California registration record, inventory #62.101.24.
Site: A view looking East up Yosemite Valley, California, with Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral Rocks on the right, and Sentinel Rock and Half Dome in the distance on the left, from a viewpoint just above the valley floor.
Description: The picture consists of the right half of the standard view of Yosemite Valley. The valley floor is covered with bright green foliage. Two dead trees stand near the lower right corner, brighter than the rest of the forest, on a rocky slope up to the right. The Merced river is barely seen on the distant valley floor at the lower left. Clouds gather just above the mountains, with a baby blue sky above. Apart from the sky, the painting is executed almost entirely with a palette of greens and browns. (From the painting, 5 August 1991.)
Note: There is no paint on the left edge of the canvas, so it probably was not originally a 30x50 inch view of the entire valley. Marks on the front of the canvas near the edges suggest that it was once framed or stretched at a slight angle from its present orientation.
Identification: Title from the verso inscription. The use of the plural "Falls" in the inscription is unusual for Schafer.
In index(es): Title list, Yosemite Valley--classic view, paintings currently held in museums and public collections

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