Season of ‘Artistry,’ Transformation

Peter and Catharine scouting locations to paint
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Peter and Catharine
Whyte Fonds

It’s not often that you can come to Whistler and experience both the Coast Mountains and the Canadian Rockies without leaving the resort. However, this summer, you can do just that. In celebration of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies’ 50th anniversary, “Artistry Revealed: Peter Whyte, Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries” has come to Whistler. You can experience this Canadian exhibit at the Audain Art Museum (AAM) until Aug. 26, 2019.

PETER WHYTE, Lake O’Hara, 1932 – 1935, Oil on canvas
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, WyP.02.039

“The ‘Artistry Revealed’ exhibition offers the museum’s visitors a wonderful opportunity to view renderings of the Canadian Rockies created in the early 20th century,” said Dr. Curtis Collins, director and chief curator at the AAM. “The paintings feature both majestic winter and summer scenes alongside glimpses of historic skiing and hiking practices.”

After meeting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1925, Peter Whyte (1905-1966) and Catharine Robb Whyte (1906-1979) strove to become career artists. Although they came from immensely different backgrounds, they immersed themselves in the craft of fine art painting. This exhibition features their academic accomplishments along with their artistic achievements.

The Whytes played a pivotal role in the evolution of Canadian landscape painting. Their contribution to Canadian art pulses through both their art and of the artists they befriended, mentored and influenced. A generation of nationally noteworthy artists were inspired to paint the Canadian Rockies because of the Whytes.

Right: PETER WHYTE (1905-1966, CANADIAN), Skiers, 1938, Oil on canvas, 27.6 x 35.2 cm
Collection of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Gift of Catharine Robb Whyte, Banff, 1979

Through their art, the Whytes were able to learn about mountain areas that are among the most distinctive landscapes in Western Canada. Their love for the beauty that surrounded them shines through their paintings. Their passion for nature, skiing and the mountains can be felt in each of their creations. During this exhibit, you can experience the fresh powder and stunning views of the Ptarmigan Peak and the serene ambiance of Lake O’Hara.

Painted from a photograph by Byron Harmon, “Skiers” depicts a group skiing in Deception Pass near Skoki. Peter’s piece captures the majestic feeling of shredding fresh snow in the mountains of Alberta. The skiers crouching is just a glimpse into their adrenaline-charged adventure. Peter’s lifelong passion for skiing can be felt in every brushstroke of this piece.

Step inside from the summer heat and be immersed in the lives of the Whytes via a virtual tour of their cherished log home. You can also explore multimedia interpretive materials including numerous public programs and educational resources.


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