John Whorf (1903–1959)

John Whorf was one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished watercolorists, celebrated for his vivid harbor scenes and cityscapes. Born near Boston, Whorf studied at the Boston Museum School and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before training under John Singer Sargent. Sargent inspired his fluid technique and luminous color, and Whorf soon gained such attention that he held bi-annual solo exhibitions, was named an academician of the National Academy of Design and a member of the American Water Color Society, won medals from the Art Institute of Chicago and California Water Color Society, and received an honorary Masters of Fine Arts from Harvard University. His paintings are now in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian, and the Pitti Palace in Florence.

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