In the 19th century, Gunnar Widforss’ paintings of national parks were called “the finest to have come out of the West.” These watercolor paintings remain highly sought-after masterpieces from a time when public awareness of parks depended entirely on artistic representations. The Yosemite Museum has dozens of pieces, but the Widforss paintings on display at The Ahwahnee are considered among his best Yosemite work.

Preserving Historic Masterpieces

This project restored eight Widforss paintings on display at The Ahwahnee that are reserved museum property. Using highly specialized techniques, a professional conservator replaced the failing backings with archival materials. Without this treatment, the paintings would have eventually disintegrated, causing the loss of valuable historic artwork.

With your support, we are ensuring that Yosemite’s historical artwork endures for future generations to admire.

Doug and Judy Adams

Yosemite Conservancy donors

Project Notes

Yosemite is the most magical place on earth. We support the Conservancy because we want this most beautiful of national parks preserved for all of us, and for your children and ours, for all time.