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
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.
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.