Frederick Schafer: Still Life with Fruit P1418

Somewhat luscious, somewhat decadent Frederick Schafer. Oil on canvas still life of fruit, summer bounty. A slice of a turn of the century (last century) picnic. 20 x 28.

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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer was born in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1839. He emigrated to the United States in 1876, at the age of 37, where he created some 500 paintings of western American landscapes, and he died in Oakland, California, in1927.

He is well known within a community of collectors of and dealers in western art, mostly in California and the Pacific Northwest. Schafer’s training in Germany is unknown. His work resembles that of the Düsseldorf school and contemporary newspaper writers sometimes suggested a connection. He had studios in San Francisco from 1880 through 1886 and in his homes in Alameda and Oakland from 1887 until his death.

He apparently spent summers sketching in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, British Columbia, and Alaska and many of his paintings bear verso titles with locations in those states and provinces. Most Schafer landscapes are summer scenes, probably because the majestic scenes he frequently painted were difficult to visit in the winter.

A member of the San Francisco Art Association for many years, he regularly exhibited his paintings at the Mechanics Institute exhibitions in that city.