Oil on thin unstretched canvas painting, titled on reverse "Autumn Evening", signed at lower left corner, by the noted early California landscape artist FREDERICK SCHAFER (1839-1927). The 19 1/2" by 11" work (23 3/4" by 16" in early dark stained oak framing) features a steep forest hillside, the tall trees and tangled brush framing a pink sunset sky on the right 2/3 of the composition. Schafer was born in Braunschweig, Germany and came to the United States in 1876. He evidently traveled widely, as works are known with Maine and New Hampshire White Mountains subject, as well as west coast locales from British Columbia through Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Arizona and Utah. His top auction price is $32,000 (a large scene of Yosemite). The artist died in 1927, leaving behind a large body of work which is sought after by collectors of 19th century western American art. This painting was cut long ago from its tacking edge, and is unstretched, simply laid against a board, and framed with glass. There is some craquelure at center in a circular pattern. A small tasteful mat could be added so as to better secure the painting, and to hide the slight bit of extra space at left, the work being not quite wide enough for the frame opening. Allow for reflections in a few images.
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