Alfred Thompson Bricher Biography
Largely self-taught, Alfred Thompson Bricher studied in his leisure hours at the Lowell Institute in Boston and also attended an academy in Newburyport, MA. Bricher was a businessman in Boston from 1851 to 1858 before he became a professional artist.
In the 1860s Bricher followed his contemporaries to the popular vistas of the White Mountains.There, particularly at North Conway, Bricher studied and painted with Albert Bierstadt, William Morris Hunt, Gabriella Eddy, and Benjamin Champney.
Bricher was a prolific artist and in 1860-61 alone records 20 finished oil paintings. Attesting to his popularity as an artist, as well as the popularity of his subject matter, are numerous chromolithographs made after Bricher paintings. In 1868 Bricher moved from Boston to New York. In 1874 Bricher became a member of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors. Bricher was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1879.
During the 1870s Bricher devoted himself almost entirely to marine painting and spent much of his time exploring the coast of Maine, Narragansett Bay, and the Jersey Shore. Bricher paintings were exhibited at the Boston Art Club from 1874 to 1894.