|Robert R. Bliss (1925-1981)|
(From the artist's entry on Gay Art Collection:)
ROBERT BLISS was born on October 30, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts.
He attended school at Bowdoin College, Maine, and was drafted into military service during World War II. At that time, he started to create his first figurative paintings, which were self-portraits.
After his discharge, Robert Bliss studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and with Carolyn Wyeth in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
In 1951, he became the art educator and gallery director at Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
After his departure in 1964, he settled in Hull, Massachusetts, where he befriended and studied with the artist Samuel Rose (1941-2008). In the following years, he created most of his body of work, which he sold through local galleries and gift shops.
Robert Bliss died of a ruptured thoracic aneurysm on January 11, 1981.
The artwork of Robert Bliss has appreciated considerably during the last decade, with selected paintings selling in the five-figure range at preeminent auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's.
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