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 John Calderwood Whorf

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Birth
Winthrop, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
13 Feb 1959 (aged 56)
Hyannis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID
94788613 View Source

Painter. He received recognition as a 20th-century American painter, who was considered one of the country's most important watercolorists of his era, with his works being very desirable to collectors. A prolific painter with hundreds of paintings, he painted the colorful New England landscape in all four seasons. Born the son of an artist, he studied at the St. Botolph Studio in Boston at age 14, which was followed by Boston's Museum School. After World War I, many European artists settled in his hometown, such as Charles Hawthorne and George Elmer Brown, from which he learned. He was surrounded at the famed Beachcombers Social Club by older artists Richard Miller and Gerrit Beneker. At the age of 17, he suffered from polio, which left him with neurological damage in one of his legs, thus he had to use a cane. After traveling to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to study art, he had lessons at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and École Nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. During this trip, he decided he would be a watercolorist, yet this talented artist could easily paint in oils as well. He had his first solo exhibition at age 21 at Grace Horn Gallery in Boston and with great success, selling all 52 paintings. During his career, the Milch Galleries in New York gave him 32 solo exhibitions. After spending every summer in Provincetown, he and his wife, Vivienne, and their two daughters and two sons permanently settled in Provincetown, joining an artist colony and painting the beach and boats in the harbor. Besides becoming a member of numerous art societies including the National Academy of Design in 1947, he received medals from the California Water Color Society, and Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 and 1943, and an honorary M.A. from Harvard University in 1939. His oldest brother was Benjamin Lee Whorf, who, although professionally a chemical engineer with an interest in fire prevention, was known as a learned linguist, studying Hebrew and the languages of the Aztecs and Mayas, and other Native Americans. His other brother was Richard Whorf, who had a career in the Hollywood film industry as an actor, director, and producer. His paintings may be found on exhibit in numerous prestigious museum collections, among them the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; Yale University; National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden; and Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. At an auction, his painting "Barbados" sold for $36,875 in the 21st century.

Painter. He received recognition as a 20th-century American painter, who was considered one of the country's most important watercolorists of his era, with his works being very desirable to collectors. A prolific painter with hundreds of paintings, he painted the colorful New England landscape in all four seasons. Born the son of an artist, he studied at the St. Botolph Studio in Boston at age 14, which was followed by Boston's Museum School. After World War I, many European artists settled in his hometown, such as Charles Hawthorne and George Elmer Brown, from which he learned. He was surrounded at the famed Beachcombers Social Club by older artists Richard Miller and Gerrit Beneker. At the age of 17, he suffered from polio, which left him with neurological damage in one of his legs, thus he had to use a cane. After traveling to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to study art, he had lessons at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and École Nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. During this trip, he decided he would be a watercolorist, yet this talented artist could easily paint in oils as well. He had his first solo exhibition at age 21 at Grace Horn Gallery in Boston and with great success, selling all 52 paintings. During his career, the Milch Galleries in New York gave him 32 solo exhibitions. After spending every summer in Provincetown, he and his wife, Vivienne, and their two daughters and two sons permanently settled in Provincetown, joining an artist colony and painting the beach and boats in the harbor. Besides becoming a member of numerous art societies including the National Academy of Design in 1947, he received medals from the California Water Color Society, and Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 and 1943, and an honorary M.A. from Harvard University in 1939. His oldest brother was Benjamin Lee Whorf, who, although professionally a chemical engineer with an interest in fire prevention, was known as a learned linguist, studying Hebrew and the languages of the Aztecs and Mayas, and other Native Americans. His other brother was Richard Whorf, who had a career in the Hollywood film industry as an actor, director, and producer. His paintings may be found on exhibit in numerous prestigious museum collections, among them the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; Yale University; National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden; and Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. At an auction, his painting "Barbados" sold for $36,875 in the 21st century.

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  • Originally Created by: Raymond Wing
  • Added: 4 Aug 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 94788613
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94788613/john-calderwood-whorf: accessed ), memorial page for John Calderwood Whorf (10 Jan 1903–13 Feb 1959), Find a Grave Memorial ID 94788613, citing Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.