This intimate view of a brook under autumn haze shows the Hudson River School’s affinity for woodland foliage and meadow scenes. Then, as now, the amber, red and gold of the autumn leaves drew sightseers and artists to the picturesque landscapes of New England and New York. Several paintings in the Mansion collection capture the north woods at this defining season.
Bricher was a marine and landscape painter born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was a businessman and art amateur who turned to painting full time in 1858. He worked in Boston and Newburyport, exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum and the National Academy, and settled in New York City after the Civil War.