1879–1934, Sweden/USA

Name Gunnar, Mauritz WIDFORSS
Birth 1879, Sweden
Died 1934, USA

Gunnar Widforss Biography

Born and trained in Stockholm, Sweden, Gunnar Widforss became a famous painter specializing in American National Park landscapes. He had art training in Sweden where he studied mural painting at the Institute of Technology from 1896 to 1900. From 1905 to 1908, he toured the United States, and returning to Sweden until 1921, had a popular audience for his work including European royalty.

In 1921, he settled for a time in San Francisco and did much painting along the coast of Monterey, and then, encouraged by Stephen Mather, who was Superintendent of the National Parks, spent the remaining years of his life as the "painter of the National Parks" including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, Mesa Verde, and the Grand Canyon. He also painted in Taos, New Mexico where painters "were said to have regarded Widforss as one of America's greatest living painters" (Widforss 527)).

Of Yosemite, he did illustrations for the 1923 book, "Songs of Yosemite", and his work was reproduced in the USA on many postcards and in magazines.

He spent his last years in his studio on the rim of the Grand Canyon, where he painted in oil and watercolor and view from every aspect. Much of his output there he traded for staples, and his paintings at the Grand Canyon were sold by the Fred Harvey Company at the El Tovar art shop.

In the 1930s, he was a WPA artist in Arizona, doing eight large watercolors of the Salt River Valley and Grand Canyon, where he died suddenly in 1934 from a heart attack while standing at the Rim. He was buried nearby.


Gunnar Widforss studerade vid Tekniska skolan i Stockholm. Han företog resor till Ryssland och till södra Europa. Vid 42 års ålder flyttar han till Kalifornien där inflytelserika personer gör honom till ett namn på västkustgallerierna och till hovmålare för US National Park Service. Han målade framför allt akvareller av landskap och träd. 1934, 55 år gammal drabbas han av en hjärtinfarkt och dör. I nationalparken Grand Canyon, Arizona, finns en mindre topp, Widforss Point, uppkallad efter honom.

Source: Art Signature Dictionary

Mountain Path by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Mountain Path (1929)

Price USD 6,000 (€5,334)
Estimated USD 4,000–6,000
Stream Through A Mountain Pass by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Stream Through A Mountain Pass (1922)

Price USD 1,800 (€1,657)
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Coastal Cypress by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Coastal Cypress

Price USD 2,500 (€2,237) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Fiskebod by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Fiskebod (1917)

Price SEK 26,000 (€2,795)
Estimated SEK 8,000
Riddarholmen by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Riddarholmen (1916)

Price SEK 12,000 (€1,290)
Estimated SEK 15,000
Skogsparti by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Skogsparti (1917)

Price SEK 24,000 (€2,580)
Estimated SEK 8,000
Lekande Pojkar Vid Vattenbryn, östhammar -03 by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Lekande Pojkar Vid Vattenbryn, östhammar -03 (-03)

Price SEK 8,200 (€882)
Estimated SEK 8,000
Rolling Hills In A Mountain Landscape by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Rolling Hills In A Mountain Landscape (1922)

Price USD 6,275 (€4,936) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Palm Springs Desert Landscape by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Palm Springs Desert Landscape

Price USD 2,510 (€1,974) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 2,500–3,500
Vy över Riddarholmen by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Vy över Riddarholmen (1919)

Price SEK 23,000 (€2,643)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Stockholmsmotiv by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Stockholmsmotiv (-98)

Price SEK 7,000 (€817)
Estimated SEK 5,000
Rastaborg by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Rastaborg (1919)

Price SEK 8,400 (€888)
Estimated SEK 3,000
Kustlandskap by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Kustlandskap (1917)

Price SEK 14,000 (€1,480)
Estimated SEK 6,000
Riksdagshuset, Stockholm by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Riksdagshuset, Stockholm (1914)

Price SEK 6,501 (€742)
Estimated SEK 6,000
Tunis by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Tunis (1919)

Price SEK 13,000 (€1,403)
Estimated SEK 5,000
Vinterlandskap by Gunnar WIDFORSS


Price SEK 4,200 (€432)
Estimated SEK 3,000
Sydländskt Gatuliv by Gunnar WIDFORSS

Sydländskt Gatuliv (1919)

Price SEK 8,500 (€801)
Estimated SEK 5,000–6,000
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