Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit and

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

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Conserving Historic Watercolor Paintings

Conserving Historic Watercolor Paintings

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 Majestic Yosemite Hotel are considered among his best Yosemite work.

Preserving Historic Masterpieces

This project restored eight Widforss paintings on display at The Majestic 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.

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