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ALFRED THOMPSON BRICHER
Boating in the Afternoon, Newburyport
oil on canvas, signed lower left "A.T. Bricher"
35 x 25 inches
Provenance: Shannon's, Greenwich, Connecticut, April 30, 2009, lot 68; A private Midwestern collection; Shannon's, Milford, Connecticut, October 23, 2014 lot 57; Private Collection, Connecticut.
Alfred Thompson Bricher was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. During his 50-year career as an artist he became known for his luminist New England coastal seascapes. He was highly successful during his lifetime and exhibited regularly at galleries and venues including the Boston Athenaeum, the Brooklyn Art Association, the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the American Watercolor Society.
Bricher's early works emulate Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Frederic Church during the early and mid-1860s. As he expanded his subject matter and incorporated Luminist principles his works emulated John Frederick Kensett. Bricher, however, remained rooted to his experience of nature in person rather than spiritually. By the 1870s he matured as an artist and his distinct style emerged in the 1880s and 1890s. His works from this period use slanting sunlight and freer brushwork (as seen in lot 38).
At 21-years old and primarily self-taught, Bricher opened his first studio in Newburyport. After opening his studio and beginning his serious pursuit of an artistic career, Bricher began to take sketching tours in New England. By 1860, he had moved to Boston and opened a new studio there. He visited Mt. Desert Island, Maine with William Stanley Haseltine and traveled to Long Island, New York, the Catskills, the White Mountains, and the Hudson River. Bricher specialized in landscapes featuring placid inland bodies of water and picturesque scenes of the New England seaboard.
Tags: oil painting, Massachusetts, New England, mother and children, boating, Spring, 19th century
Condition: Canvas: Lined
Condition: Very Good
Restoration: Very Minor
On a new stretcher
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