Time and Tide


Alfred Thompson Bricher ( American, 1837 - 1908 )

c. 1873
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General Description

_Time and Tide _is considered Alfred Thompson Bricher’s finest painting. In its title and mood it reflects the shift toward literary and psychologically potent themes in landscape painting toward the end of the 19th century. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, the vogue for the grand landscapes painted by Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt gave way to a preference for a more introspective vision of the American land. Literary allusions that viewers would recognize immediately became popular in titles for paintings, reflecting that generation’s emphasis on the written word. Bricher was an avid reader, and for _Time and Tide _he drew on a line from Sir Walter Scott’s _The Antiquary _of 1816: “Time and tide tarry for no man,” recast in 1843 by Charles Dickens in _Martin Chuzzlewit _to read, “Time and tide will wait for no man, saith the adage, but all men have to wait for time and tide.”

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Sue Canterbury, DMA label text, 2012