Verso: Family on the Beach
View through the Window, Paris is an example of a perspective the artist explored several times over the years where he captured the outside world from the inside, thus becoming both a study in still life and landscape painting. Like many of his window scenes, an assortment of objects line the sill, most prominently a flowering plant whose petals offer a pop of bold color set against a snow-capped Notre-Dame Cathedral beyond the glass.
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At the age of fourteen Whorf traveled from his home in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to attend classes at the nearby Museum School under Philip Hale. That same year, 1917, he began studying in Provincetown with Charles Hawthorne (1872-1936), E. Ambrose Webster (1869-1935) and George Elmer Browne (1871- 1946). Whorf continued his studies in Paris at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Colarossi before traveling through France, Portugal and Morocco. During his travels Whorf concentrated on watercolors, capturing the subtle blend of hues and play of light and shadow in his landscapes and urban scenes. In 1924 he had his first one-man show at Grace Horne Gallery in Boston, which attracted a great deal of attention. Fellow watercolorists John Singer Sargent and Dodge MacKnight (1860-1950) both purchased a painting. Between the years of 1944 and 1951, he exhibited annually at Vose Galleries.
By 1929 Whorf was a member of The Boston Six, a group that included fellow Museum School graduate Aiden Lassell Ripley. Together they exhibited oils and watercolors, striving to uphold the traditions of the Boston School. The group had a strong connection to the Guild of Boston Artists, which also worked to maintain these standards.
Estate of Marie Miles
To collection, New York, New York
To collection, Davis, California, 2013