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Alfred Thompson Bricher landscape painting - Spring

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Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908) landscape painting, titled 'Spring'. Oil on canvas. Signed A.T. Bricher in lower left and dated 1864. Size: 12 inches x 10 inches. Offered in the original carved gilt wood frame. A small pastoral landscape with a lazy book in the foreground, bordering a fenced and stone walled pasture with grazing cattle and sheep. A white church steeple can be seen in the distance, and there is a meticulous attention to detail visible in his depiction of the flowering shrubs in the background and in the stone wall. Alfred Thompson Bricher was an important American 19th century luminist painter of coastal views and landscapes of New England. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to English immigrants, he studied art in Boston, where he was influenced by painters of the Hudson River School, such as John Kensett, Martin Johnson Heade, Fitz Hugh Lane and Sanford Gifford. In the 1860s, he began creating paintings of New England, from coastal views on Mt. Desert Island, in Maine, to landscapes in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and upper New York state. In, 1868, he relocated from Boston to New York City. Condition is very good; however, the work would brighten with a professional cleaning and removal of the old yellowed varnish.