The work of one of the original Luminists, Martin Johnson Heade, likely inspired Bricher’s first excursion to Narragansett, Rhode Island, and nearby Point Judith in 1871. Painted several years later and exhibited at the Inter-State Industrial Exposition of Chicago in 1877, Noon at Point Judith reveals the artist’s sophisticated method in rendering the interplay of water, wind and sunlight contained in one space. The viewer is immediately struck by Bricher’s treatment of light filtering through the clouds, glistening on the distant horizon and reflecting in the glassy pools along the shore, while his understanding of how windblown water crests and breaks along the beach makes this painting a stellar example of his work.
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Private collection, 1970s (acquired from an antiques shop)
By descent to private collection, Georgetown, Maine, 2006 to present
(verso of canvas, still somewhat visible through wax lining) Noon – Point Judith / [AT, covered by crossbar] BRICHER / 1877
1). N. M. Vose Gallery, 131 Washington Street, Providence / PAINTING CLEANED & RELINED / NEW FRAME / Nov. 26, 1928
2). Lyman Allyn Museum Conservation Laboratory label with treatment notes and November 1978 date
Inter-State Industrial Exposition of Chicago, 1877, No. 256 as Noon at Point Judith