William Bliss Baker
William Bliss Baker (November 27, 1859[n 2] – November 20, 1886) was an award-winning American artist born in New York City who began his studies and career just as the Hudson River school was winding down. Baker began his studies in 1876 at the National Academy of Design, where he studied with well-established artists such as Bierstadt and de Haas. Baker maintained studios in Clifton Park, New York and New York City, and his paintings were created using oils and watercolors, including several works done in black and white.
Baker was just beginning to hit his stride as a landscape painter when he died at his father’s house at Hoosick Falls, New York at the age of 26[n 3] The New York Times stated that his death “deprived America of one of its most promising artists.” Baker completed over 130 paintings in his career.