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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Alfred Thompson Bricher
1837-1908
EVENING AT SCITUATE-LOW TIDE
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 121,000 USD
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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Alfred Thompson Bricher
1837-1908
EVENING AT SCITUATE-LOW TIDE
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 121,000 USD
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Alfred Thompson Bricher
1837-1908
EVENING AT SCITUATE-LOW TIDE
signed with the artist's monogrammed signature ATBricher, l.l.
oil on canvas
15 by 33 in.
(38.1 by 83.8 cm)
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Provenance

Alexander Gallery, New York
Gloria and Richard Manney (sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 27, 1993, lot 158, illustrated in color)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Catalogue Note

Beginning in the late 1860s, Alfred Thompson Bricher abandoned the traditional landscapes of the Hudson River School idiom, favoring instead to paint the picturesque coasts along New England shore.  During the summer months, Bricher ventured on sketching expeditions to Narragansett, Grand Manan, Newport and Scituate, Massachusetts, among other locations, preferring to work en plein air before returning to his New York studio for the winter.  Jeffrey R. Brown writes that Bricher's seascapes "can radiate a reflected sun with pupil-shrinking brilliance or stifle all motion in mist. With a parabolic curve he connotes the infinite expanse of the sea making its peace with a formidable shore.  His dense shrouds of seaweed skirting tide-washed boulders seethe with throaty shades of purple and olive while mica sequins give iridescence to sun soaked granite.  He was fascinated by the dialogue between patterns of clouds and shafts of light and their reflection in calm waters.  He knew the coast intimately in all its moods" (Alfred Thompson Bricher, 1973, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12).   Evening at Scituate-Low Tide juxtaposes rugged boulders which anchor the left side of the composition with the serene surface of the water and saturated brilliance of the sunset, exhibiting Bricher's remarkable affinity for the craggy shores of his native New England. 

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