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The Grand Manan

Bricher specialized in views of coastal New England. Most of his paintings are based on sketches from his summer travels up and down the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts. Beginning around 1874 he began to spend time on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Perhaps inspired by the grandeur of the sea, Bricher departed from his usual meticulous technique, painting this view of Bishop’s Rock on Grand Manan with bravura brushwork. Normally a painter of tranquil scenes, here Bricher takes delight in portraying the crashing waves and sunlight breaking through the stormy clouds.

Alfred Thompson Bricher
American, 1837‒1908
The Grand Manan
ca. 1882
Oil on canvas
38 ¼ x 28 1/16 in. (97.2 x 71.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 91.231