Grand Canyon - Yavapai Point

Gunnar Widforss (1879-1934)

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Gunnar Widforss (1879-1934) Grand Canyon - Yavapai Point Watercolor on paper Paper size: 18 3/4 x 23 1/2 Frame size: 22 1/2 x 27 7/8 Signed l.l.: Widforss Provenance: Thelma Kieckhefer gift to Pheonix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona (Accession No. 94.371) In this delicate and deeply atmospheric depiction of the Grand Canyon, we are at once reminded of the works of William R. Leigh (1866-1955) and Thomas Moran (1837-1926). A contemporary of both artists, Gunnar Widforss, captures the overwhelming expanse of the Grand Canyon's broad vistas. Poised on the canyon rim, Widforss includes the near and far, and the barren beauty of the rocks as the sun and shadow fall upon them. His watercolor is an impressive attempt to capture the wonders and natural beauty of the site. Gunnar Widforss lived and worked at the Grand Canyon for many years producing a body of work prized for its artistic excellence and geologic detail. At the age of 42, he came to the United States from his native Sweden. He was already recognized as an accomplished artist and at the encouragement of Stephen Mather, the National Park Service's first director, the artist visited and painted several western national parks. In 1924 seventy-two of his watercolors were exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. After the diagnosis of an illness that prohibited Widforss from living at the high altitude of Grand Canyon Village, he returned to the canyon for one final visit in 1934. Stricken with a heart attack, he died at the early age of fifty-four. However, the artist's work, well-known throughout the United States at the time of his death, continues to influence the style of contemporary artists. Bookseller Inventory # sf002687432fra

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Title: Grand Canyon - Yavapai Point

Binding: No Binding

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