Gunnar Mauritz Widforss (California/Arizona/Sweden, 1879-1934) watercolor painting on paper titled "In the Redwoods". Unsigned. Letter of authenticity from Daniel McDade, administrator for the Widforss estate, is included stating: "'Into the Redwoods' – This a photograph of the genuine watercolor painted by Gunnar Widforss and left unsigned at his death in 1934. The visual dimensions of this painting are 25 in x 19 in. Daniel McDade, Administrator". Artist's placard on frame reading "In the Redwoods/Gunnar Mauritz Widforss/1879-1934". Housed in a carved gilt and gesso wood frame. Sight – 25" H x 19" W. Framed – 36 1/2" H x 30 1/2" W. Provenance: The Estate of Larry Casey, Jackson, Tennessee. Biography: Originally from Sweden, Gunnar Widfors first came to the United States in 1921, to California, where he painted sea scenes of Catalina Island and numerous scenes of Yosemite Valley. In 1923, he traveled to the Southwest where he visited The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Yellowstone. He eventually made his home on the South rim of the Grand Canyon. In 1933, he along with a select group of aritists created murals of the National Parks for the 1933-1934 Century of Progress exhibition in Chicago. In 1934, he suddenly passed away from a heart attack and is buried at the South Rim Cemetary in the Grand Canyon National Park. (Source: Gunnar Widforss Catalogue Raisonne Project). Note: The book GUNNAR WIDFORSS: Painter of the Grand Canyon by Bill Belknap and Frances Spencer Belknap, printed in 1969 by the Northland Press, Flagstaff for the Museum of Northern Arizona accompanies this lot. (Not photographed). CONDITION: Painting visually overall very good condition, not examined out of the frame. Scattered abrasions to frame edge, 1 less than 1" chip to top edge.
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