Alfred T. Bricher

Coastal Landscape

  • 25 1/4 x 52 1/4 inches (64.1 x 132.7 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: ATBricher

Why We Love It

This painting by Bricher is a wonderful example of his luminous Hudson River School landscapes. Coastal Landscape demonstrates Bricher’s remarkable ability to capture atmospheric elements, particularly the effects of sunlight illuminating the cloud-filled sky and glinting off the surface of the ocean. This breathtaking picture exudes tranquility and peace and embodies the sublime beauty of the natural world, which Bricher lovingly transcribed in paint for us to enjoy.

The Value

Hudson River School paintings from this period are a disappearing breed. The rarity and quality of this particular work by one of the highly respected members of the school make it very desirable. Any serious collection of 19th century American art would be enhanced by its inclusion. The glowing sky and beautifully depicted landscape make it an object of exceptional beauty as well as historical importance.

Artist Background

1837: Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; 1851: Worked as a clerk at a dry goods store in Boston. Probably studied art at the Lowell Institute; 1859: Had a studio in Boston; 1860: Studied, perhaps, with William H. Titcomb, an artist and teacher; 1864: First exhibited at Boston Athenaeum; 1868: Moved to New York and exhibited for the first time at the National Academy of Design. This exhibit was very successful and Bricher continued to be represented in almost every successive Academy exhibition until his death; 1873: Elected Active Member of American Society of Painters in Water Colors; 1876: Exhibited at Philadelphia Centennial Exposition; 1878: Exhibited at Paris Exposition Universelle; 1879: Elected Associate Member of the National Academy of Design; 1881: Exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; 1884: Became member of the Art Union; 1893: Exhibited at World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; 1905: Exhibited with the American Water Color Society of New York at Cincinnati Museum; 1908: Died of paralytic condition at his home in New Dorp, Staten Island.