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During annual summer trips throughout New England, Bricher made frequent visits to this particular site along the coast of Rhode Island. So expansive is Bricher’s perspective that the human presence is not readily apparent. Indeed, the focus of the painting is on the shoreline, where waves rise up and crash onto the unique rock formation. Bricher was particularly meticulous in capturing the effects of light and water on the sand and rocks, filling his sketchbooks with notations on their appearance under varying conditions. These careful observations were later worked up into large oil paintings in the artist’s New York City studio.
At lower left: A.T. Bricher. 1871
Painted on verso: Indian Rock / A.T. Bricher 1871; Indian Rock / Narragansett Pier / RI
James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection
"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection" Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1 May - 18 July 2010).
"Alfred Thompson Bricher, 1837-1908," Indianapolis Museum of Art (12 September - 28 October, 1973); George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum (25 November, 1973 - 13 January, 1974).
"Nineteenth-Century America," Metropolitan Museum of Art (16 April - 7 September, 1970) no . 153.
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