Alfred Thompson Bricher


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Painter. Specializing almost exclusively in Atlantic coastal views, he created light-filled, horizontal scenes of beaches, cliffs, and sea, usually recording locations along the shores of New England and Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. Clear and simple spatial organization, meticulously observed rocks and waves, and sharp attention to effects of atmospheric light demonstrate ties to luminism. Evoking idyllic seaside vacations, Bricher's vistas generally disregard nature's perilous and stupendous aspects. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but raised in Newburyport, Massachusetts, as a teenager he went to work in Boston. Although largely self-taught as a painter, he found inspiration in an encounter with William Stanley Haseltine in 1858. Undoubtedly profiting also from precedents in the work of Fitz Hugh Lane and Martin Johnson Heade, Bricher may have known them personally. In his early years as an artist, he followed the example of Hudson River School artists in visiting the Catskills and White Mountains, and in 1866 he journeyed along the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and Minnesota. He moved permanently to New York in the late 1860s. In the 1880s he had a summer home at Southampton and in these years often painted the shores and inlets of Long Island. From 1890 he made his home on Staten Island, in New Dorp, where he died.

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