Initially a businessman who studied painting in his spare time, Alfred Thompson Bricher would come to be considered the last of the American luminist painters. An adherent of the Hudson River School of painting, Bricher was mostly self-educated, with only brief experiences at the Lowell Institute in Boston and other academies.
By the 1860s however he was travelling to the same locations as other artists, including William Morris Hunt and Albert Bierstadt. In the White Mountains of New Hampshire these painters were working to capture nature's impressive appearance in a realistic fashion.
His watercolor paintings accurately catch the effects of light and atmosphere, and clearly indicate time of day or weather conditions. This is part of the reason his work became popular quite quickly. Another reason was his level of productivity - producing over twenty canvases in a singe span of a year. Later in life he relocated from Boston to New York City and spent the rest of his career focused primarily on maritime paintings. It is such scenes that his skills are used to their best effect, with light reflecting from the water and surrounding environment setting the tone for the entire scene.
His work was strongly sought after during his lifetime, and he oversaw reproductions of many of his works in lithographic form. Today his work is still very popular and most of his maritime canvases see auction prices of well over two hundred thousand dollars. His work is displayed by over forty galleries around the world, and prints of his work are still popular items.