Robert Bliss

Figurative Studies

Joseph Weinreb, Don’t Fear the Reaper

June 20, 2020

Boston and Provincetown artist Robert R. Bliss (1925-1981) studied at Bowdoin College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He exhibited at Vose Galleries, Childs Gallery, and The Green Dolphin in Boston. He also exhibited at the Provincetown Art Association. Bliss worked for a time in abstraction but found his footing in figurative painting. His work is best known for moody depictions of idealized adolescents often posed at the beach. Robert Bliss’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Parrish House Museum, The Collection of Malcolm Forbes and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Seated Boy, tempera on Masonite
30 x 48 inches

From left: Standing boy (1959), oil on Masonite, 16 x 9 inches; Standing boy (1959), oil on Masonite, 18 x 10 inches

Boy at the beach (1962), oil on Masonite
12 x 20 inches

Male nude (1950), tempera on Masonite
41 x 29 inches

Young boy (1958), oil on Masonite
17 x 28 inches

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