Gunnar Mauritz Widforss (California/Arizona/Sweden, 1879-1934) watercolor painting on paper depicting a Western forest landscape with pond, foreground, at sunset. Signed lower left "Widforss". Note: this painting is being added to the Gunnar Widforss Catalog Raisonne being prepared by Alan Petersen. Painting housed in a carved gilt and gesso wood frame. Sight – 24 1/4" H x 18" W. Framed – 37" H x 30 1/4" W. Provenance: The Estate of Larry Casey, Jackson, Tennessee. Biography: Originally from Sweden, Gunnar Widforss 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: 3 1/2" repaired crease or tear upper left quadrant in treetops; otherwise very good condition.
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