Frederick Ferdinand Schafer was born in Braunschweig, German in 1839. An itinerant landscape painter based in California, he painted scenes of Utah in 1886, 1891, and 1893. He died in 1927.
Schafer immigrated to the United States in late 1876. He was a follower of Albert Bierstadt's Hudson River School of painting who achieved a significant reputation in California by the mid-1880s.
After a Storm in the Rocky Mountains (1880) shows Schafer's use of imaginary landscapes. Schafer's work is held in the Seattle Museum, Shasta State Historical Museum, and in the University of California, Berkeley Oakland Museum.
Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.
Frederick Ferdinand Schafer (1839-1927), an itinerant German landscape painter based in California, worked in Utah in 1886, 1891, and 1893, where he may have had a studio in Salt Lake City's Dooly Building during part of the year. An early 1890s Schafer landscape Salt Lake City Morning (oil on canvas, 14 x 22 inches), which features a view from the northwest of the unfinished Salt Lake Temple standing beside the finished Tabernacle, exists today in the L.D.S. Church Collection. As Linda Jones Gibbs wrote: “Although the city is an important part of the scene, the sunlit snowcapped Wasatch Mountains remain the dominant subject.“ (Masterworks,. 6-7) (b. August 16; d. July 17)
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