Noted for his murals and writings as equally as his easel paintings, painter Will Hicok Low worked to forward American art and its many achievements as well as exploring various styles in his own work. He would employ techniques from the Barbizon School and also work as a Realist.
He was born in Albany, New York in 1853 and studied with Jean Leon Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He later worked with Carolus-Duran as well. When he returned to the United States in 1878 he joined the Society of American Artists, but also earned membership in the National Academy of Design as well.
During the 1880s and 1890s his professional focus was on panel painting or murals, and he received many important commissions, including public and private buildings. He also began designing some stained glass windows during this period as well. He was also working as an instructor for the Cooper Union School and the National Academy of Design throughout the two decades.
He frequently contributed writings to journals and professional publications, and had many of his own works published as well. In 1909 he married painter Mary Fairchild and the two relocated to Bronxville, New York where Low died in 1932.
Low exhibited widely throughout his career, for over sixty years he submitted to the National Academy of Design, and also to shows in both Europe and the United States. He held membership in many prestigious organizations, including the Salmagundi club and the Boston Art Club.
In addition to his murals, Low's paintings can be seen in the collections of several important museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.