|Acquisition Number: 86.11
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Size: 11" x 26"
Credit: Purchased by the Canton Museum of Art
In memory of Edward and Rosa Langenbach
One of the last luminous painters, Alfred Thompson Bricher was known principally for his oil and watercolor paintings of the coast of New England.
Bricher was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1837. As a young teenager, Bricher went to Boston to find a job – and in his spare time, for nine years, he took classes at the Lowell Institute. By 1871, he moved to New York and settled on Staten Island. Every summer, however, he went north to sketch and paint on Grand Manan Island. His particular strength was his ability to capture the translucent appearance of the sea and the crispness of the horizon under a luminous sky.
Bricher was an excellent watercolorist and the sparkling luminosity of his works in this medium is the result of a sure linear touch and greater freedom in the handling of color than is found in his oils.
During the Last few years of Bricher’s life he concentrated his sketching on the northern island in Casco Bay, northeast of Portland. He passed away in 1908 on Staten Island in New York.