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A. T. Bricher

Esophus Creek, 1865

Oil on canvas
20 x 40 inches

(American, 1837-1908)

A.T. Bricher is one of the most respected American marine painters of the 19 th century because he knew how to paint the sea and the atmosphere that surrounded it and because he came out of the Hudson River School and painted more broadly in a more impressionistic manner at the end of his life, he is known for his ingenuity and innovative technical achievements.

Bricher was born on April 10, 1837, in New Dorp, New York and was mostly self-taught. He spent his childhood in Newburyport, MA, although he took art lessons at Lowell Institute in Boston from 1851-1858. He became a professional painter in 1858 and was a member of the American Water Color Society, the Boston Art Club, and an Associate of the National Academy in 1879. He moved permanently to NYC in 1868 and then settled in Staten Island. He painted in Shinnecock, Narragansett, Chatham, Cape Cod, Southampton and along the MA and ME coastlines. He exhibited at the National Academy from 1868-1890 and at the Boston Athenaeum and Brooklyn Art Association from 1870-1886. He is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, the Terra Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Indianapolis Museum of Art and elsewhere.

Bricher was a significant second-generation Hudson River School landscapist and marine painter. He is considered to be the last of the relevant American luminists. He is best known for his marine paintings depicting New England shorelines, in which crashing waves show the dynamic forces of nature. With ease and finesse he captured the natural ambiance around the ocean and its coasts and the artist's reverence for the presence of what is before him is apparent. Keeping in step with the philosophical beliefs of his era, the artist was concerned with equating to canvas the resplendence of nature and the morality of his convictions.

A.T. Bricher is highly sought-after and in great demand because each of his canvases and watercolors show resplendently with confident brushwork how nature along the shores of America looked during the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries.