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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

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[photo] In the Adirondacks [1]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer" underlined, in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, in red
Verso: "in The Adirondacks", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Provenance: In collection of Dr. & Mrs. Herzl Friedlander, California, by 1977; by gift to the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, in 1977 (public), inventory #1977.36.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #50 (color, 1980); museum file photographs, front and verso
Description: A stream emerges in the lower center and flows through a stand of white-trunked birch trees, over a small fall, and under a dead branch toward the viewer's feet. Except for a small patch of white sky in the center, the upper space of the painting is fully occupied with forest foliage and, on the right, a large bushy-topped tree. Two lean across the stream from the left side; much of the white bark is missing from the lower trunk of the nearer one. Red and yellow wild flowers decorate both lower corners. The foreground is in shadow, the center bright, sunny, and cheerful; there is forest clutter and green and yellow brush everywhere. (From a color photograph.)
Note: A painting with the same title was offered as lot 1 in the catalog of a July 1885 auction in Victoria, British Columbia, and again (probably the same painting) as lot 198 on page 11 in the catalog of a 17 November 1885 auction in San Francisco but there is not enough information in those catalogs to either include or exclude the possibility that it is the same painting.
In index(es): Title list, Barbizon-style forest interiors, eastern United States scenes, mountain streams through a forest, paintings currently held in museums and public collections

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