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Alfred Thompson Bricher (aka Alfred Bricher)
American, (active 1837–1908)

Stormy Seascape

about 1883–1885

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
26 in. x 48 in. (66.04 cm x 121.92 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1989.0012

Credit Line: Gift of Babette L. and Charles H. Wampold

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Bricher was a successful American painter of the second half of the nineteenth century who specialized in marine subjects. He began his career around 1856, and while he may have enjoyed some level of professional training, it appears he was largely self-taught.

The artist seems to have first visited Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1874. He returned there in 1883 and made a sketch that was the source for this painting. The work is a study of grey skies and mist, with the added poetic touch of a ship's wreckage on the shore. No human figures are depicted, but man's relationship with the sea is suggested by the derelict debris and by the ships on the distant horizon.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 16, p. 64.

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