Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) was an American painter known for his landscapes and marine scenes. He was born on April 10, 1837, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and showed an early talent for art. Bricher began his artistic career as a teenager, working as an illustrator for the Newburyport Herald newspaper in Massachusetts.
In 1858, Bricher traveled to Europe to study painting, particularly the works of the Hudson River School and the Barbizon School. Upon his return to the United States, he settled in New York City and became an active member of the American art scene.
Bricher's artistic style was influenced by luminism, a 19th-century art movement that emphasized the effects of light and atmosphere. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to capture the subtle nuances of light and shadow in his landscapes. Bricher often depicted coastal scenes, especially those of New England, and his works frequently featured calm waters, sandy beaches, and atmospheric skies.
During his career, Bricher exhibited his paintings at prestigious venues such as the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Art Association. He also participated in international exhibitions, including the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889, where he received a bronze medal.
Bricher's paintings were well-received during his lifetime, and he achieved commercial success. Today, his works can be found in major art museums and private collections across the United States. His paintings continue to be admired for their luminous quality and meticulous execution, showcasing the beauty and serenity of nature.