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.
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.