The character and romance of the Northeast's picturesque coast was a favored subject of A.T. Bricher. Rich in coastal atmosphere, this painting shows Bricher's interpretation of the familiar lighthouses that guard New England's rocky shores. The principle inspiration for this work is believed to have been Egg Rock Lighthouse in Maine. The solitary lighthouse, perched serenely on its rocky promontory, Bricher most likely drew elements from several such towers to create an ideal for his composition.
As rolling surf breaks below and small pleasure craft cruise leisurely offshore, a seagull flock circles the lighthouse, which stands silhouetted against the pleasant cloud filled sky. Bricher's feel for the essence of natural light and the ever changing qualities found along New England's shoreline has produced an expressive portrayal of the region's unique character and natural beauty.
There exists a larger work created by Bricher, titled "The Lighthouse". Dated 1876, the lighthouse structure, setting and detail are identical to this work. Our petite example was probably painted as the archetype for the larger composition.
An original label of Windsor & Newton Artists' Colourmen to Her Majesty,
38 Rathbone Place, London, is attached verso.
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