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The Open Coast, c. 1885

Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on Canvas
Creation Date Circa 1885
Description 38 x 28 Inches
48¼ x 38¼ Inches Framed

Signed LR: A.T. Bricher

An excellent work showing the precision frequently present in his oils, Bricher brings forth similar ships of different scale. Focusing on sailing subjects, he presents an accomplished overview of a vast distance of this Northeast Coast anchorage. An expanse of clouds fill the sky, offering light variation over the promontory headland, and his brush application suggests wood textures and deep color for the hulls, the largest resting on bottom with the tide.

The unusual presentation, for a Bricher painting, of a foreground composition with well-defined vessels enhances the work’s appeal. Note the paced variation of diminutive waves rolling shoreward across the translucent water with accents of sunlight. A lone figure stands along the smaller starboard cabin. One must wonder what’s in hand- an anchor line, a fishing pole or perhaps a drift net- at the end of the rope.

Bricher, as this canvas attests, helped define the luminous school that was fundamentally devoted to displays of light and air. He strongly influenced American marine painting and helped produce some of its finest moments. Working primarily in the Boston area and later in New York, he traveled nearly every summer up the Northeast Coast looking for the seasonal qualities of light he desired, and that his art is now much in demand for depicting.
Incollect Reference Number 97888
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