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"In the San Joaquin Valley"
Oil on canvas
16 x 26 inches
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Frederick Schafer was a landscape painter born in Germany on August 16, 1839. Schafer was active in Northern California after 1878. He maintained a studio in San Francisco where he exhibited regularly with the San Francisco Art Association and the Mechanics' Institute Fair. What art training he had is unknown; he may have been self taught. An itinerant painter, he made regular sketching trips throughout the Northwest including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Colombia. During his last years he supplemented his income as a painter of theatrical scenery in San Francisco and Oakland theaters. He was listed in the Oakland City Directory from 1905 until his death on July 17, 1927.
The bulk of his work was done before 1890; his later works are lighter and more impressionistic in style. His landscapes, which he signed both "Schafer" and "Schaeffer", often include Native Americans. Due to alcoholism, his works are sometimes uneven in quality.
Works held: Seattle Museum; Shasta State Historical Monument; Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; California Historical Society; Oakland Museum.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.