Monday, July 21, 2014

Important Maritime Artists: Alfred Thompson Bricher

The next artist we are featuring from the Important Marine and Maritime Show is Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837 – 1908). Active in the later 19th century, Bricher is known for his Luminist work. Bricher was a New Englander through-and-through, as he was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Massachusetts. Most of his works are seascapes of the East Coast.

He is most known for his association with the Luminists. Luminism was an American style that was an offshoot of the Hudson River School in the 1850s to the 1970s. It is most often characterized by the atmospheric elements of a landscape, often a hazy sky over a body of water. These paintings often instill a sense of tranquility. The brushstrokes are not visible, but precise and hidden. 

Alfred Thompson Bricher, New England Beach Scene, watercolor on paper