Alfred Thompson Bricher

American (1837–1908)

Low Tide, Manomet, Massachusetts

c. 1885

Oil on canvas

Gift of Margaret Acheson Stuart in memory of Edward Acheson


Bricher was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After studying at the Lowell Institute in Boston, he worked steadily, producing oils and watercolors for over 50 years. Bricher knew the New England Coast intimately, and he painted it in all its moods. The broad horizontal format, atmospheric clarity, and tranquil ambience are characteristic of his finest coastal scenes. His paintings are usually nonfigurative, but often allude to the human presence through the use of symbolic metaphor. Here, the rowboat, as well as the lighthouse and sailboats visible on the distant horizon, are reminders of man’s encroachment on nature.

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