Alma Magdalena Hirsig Bliss was born in Bern, Switzerland on June 24, 1875. Alma Hirsig studied painting under G. DeBillemot-Chardon, Rene Prinet, and Gustave Courtois in Paris before immigrating to the U.S. about 1900.
After settling in New York City with her well-to-do parents, she further studied at the Art Students League and with Robert Reid, Willard Metcalf, and Douglas Volk. By 1920 she was the wife of Louis E. Bliss; by 1923 she was a widow.
She became known for her miniatures which won prizes in juried exhibitions. She appears to have made trips to California to paint and exhibit. Primarily a miniature painter, she also painted Barbizon landscapes and a mural in the Wilbraham & Mons
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