Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Starr Gallery of Watercolors, First Floor
Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century land- and seascape artists Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards.
Richards (1833-1905) and Bricher (1837-1908) began their careers studying with several noted Hudson River School artists: Bricher with Albert Bierstadt, and Richards with Frederic Church and John Kensett. Inspired by pride in the scenic beauty of their homeland, Hudson River School artists depicted the grandeur of the Hudson River Valley, the Catskill Mountains, and other untouched natural areas.
Luminism, an offshoot of the Hudson River School which was identified in retrospect by art historians, emphasized the effects of light on water and sky. Bricher and Richards were among the last of the 19th-century American painters engaged in this style of painting.
The works on view are from the permanent collections of the Springfield Art Museums. George Walter Vincent Smith, founder of the G.W.V. Smith Art Museum, was a contemporary of the artists and one of Bricher’s most loyal patrons.