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About the Painting:
William Bliss Baker had only begun his painting career when he died near Saratoga Springs, NY after an ice skating accident at the age of 26. The “New York Times,” March 18, 1887 edition said that his death “deprived America of one of its most promising artists.” The same article described the sale of the works in the artist’s studio.
“The highest price of the evening was $5,000 for ‘Morning After The Snow,’ a large canvas and considered Mr. Baker’s masterpiece. He was especially felicitous in the treatment of the snow scenes. There was a spirited contest for this example. It went to B. Altman.”
It is unclear when the painting came into the collection of Col. Michael Friedsam, who was the business partner of Benjamin Altman. St. Bonaventure University received the painting from the Col. Michael Friedsam Foundation in 1942.
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