Monday, August 2, 2010

A LUMINIST PAINTER



Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837 – 1908) was an American painter who specialized in marine subjects, with particular emphasis on subjects from Maine, the Bay of Fundy, and the Maritime provinces of Canada. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Bricher grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As a young man, he worked as a clerk in Boston while studying painting, in which he was largely self-taught (although there is some evidence that he studied formally at Boston's Lowell Institute). In 1858, during a sketching trip to Mount Desert Island in Maine, Bricher met the artists William Stanley Haseltine and Charles Temple Dix, who had a important impact on his developing style; Haseltine's paintings of the dramatic coastal rocks of New England inspired Bricher to begin painting marine and coastal subjects. Bricher also took sketching trips to the White Mountains, the Catskills, and the Mississippi River. His works began to appear in major exhibitions, and he developed a large popular following with many illustrations for Harper's New Monthly Magazine.
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Along the Hudson
Oil on panel
Public collection
From ARC


Bricher was often associated with the group of painters known as "the Hudson River School". He espoused a conservative and realistic approach to landscapes, while his interests lay not only in the play of light, water, and air, but in a sense of luminosity and spirituality in nature. In 1868 Bricher moved to New York City, where he worked in a studio in the YMCA Building; in 1882 he built a house in Southampton, Long Island, where he was able more closely to observe the sea. During the later part of his career, Bricher witnessed the advent of modernism, a movement that seemed to make many of his artistic concerns obsolete - but which, in another sense, owed a debt to the discipline and realism in works by Bricher and other Hudson River painters. From 1890 until his death in 1908, Bricher lived in New Dorp, Staten Island. He is still considered one of the best maritime painters of the late nineteenth century.
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Along the Shore
Oil on canvas
Source ARC
From Wikimedia


Along the Coast
Oil on canvas
Source ARC
From Wikimedia


At the Shore
Oil on paper, 1871
Source ARC
From Wikimedia


Otter Cliffs, Mount Desert Island, Maine
Oil on canvas, c1871
Public collection
From ARC



Hunter in the Meadows of Old Newburyport, Massachusetts
Oil on canvas, c1873
Public collection
From ARC


A Pensive Moment
gouache and watercolor on paper, c.1875-1880
Source ARC
From Wikimedia


Castle Rock, Marblehead
Oil on Canvas, 1878
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington DC
Source ARC
From Wikimedia


The Open Coast
Oil on canvas, 1885
From VALLEJO GALLERUY LLC


Blue Point, Long Island
oil on canvas, 1888
Source the-athenaeum.org
Source ARC
From Wikimedia


Coast Of Maine
Oil on canvas
Private collection
From ARC


Low Tide, Bailey's Island, Maine
Oil on canvas
Private collection
From ARC


Marine Landscape
Oil on Canvas, 1895
Metropolitan museum of art, NY
From Wikimedia


Baily's Island, Maine
Oil on canvas, c1907
Public collection
From ARC


Bricher concentrated on images of the sea. He worked all along the coasts of Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
As a luminist painter, he was predominately interested in the pictorial effects of light and translucency. It is always possible to ascertain such specifics as the time of day, weather conditions, and geography in his work, yet his paintings manifest a spiritual quality that was an important component of Hudson River School painting.
His career spanned more than fifty years during which he was highly recognized by the public and the art world alike. As with many artists active in the late nineteenth century, he lived to see the style of work he practiced be overshadowed by the advent of modernism.
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