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[photo] [Mountain landscape 10]

Medium: oil on artist's board
Size: 15 x 12 in (38 x 30 cm)
Inscription: l/l "FSchafer" in in the rounded sketch hand with some elements that resemble the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: no inscription
Provenance: Offered 18 October 2007, 22 December 2007, 28 February 2008, and 9 July 2008, via eBay by "skyblue91", Montevideo, Uruguay. Sold 12 October 2008 via eBay by "artbreda", Montevideo, Uruguay, to private collection, La Grande, Oregon.
Attribution: Being a field sketch could explain some unusual aspects of the painting that make it different from most work by Schafer. It has a uniform level of illumination across the painting, the sky is largely featureless, and there is a surprising lack of detail in the foliage, for example in the prominent conifer on the right side. In a studio painting, these items would be red flags that raise a concern about the identity of the artist, but for a sketch they are less of an issue. The signature appears to be typical, but it is more typical of the signatures that appear on his studio paintings; Schafer's signature on sketches often is done with more rounded letters.
Note: 1. The eBay listings give the size as 16 x 12 inches, but the 2008 owner reports the actual size is 15 x 12 and all of the images are consistent with the smaller size. 2. The small size, the use of artist's board, and the rough brushwork with minimal finish all suggest that it this a field sketch rather than a studio painting. However, no studio paintings have yet emerged that appear to be based on this sketch.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title
In index(es): Title list, unidentified mountain scenes, sketches

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