An outstanding oil on board Oregons famous artist Eliza Rossana Lamb Barchus (1857 1959) measuring approximately 9 7/8 x 10 ¾ inches, remarkably close to the oil on canvas displayed at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1890; this could be an oil reference for that piece or one of multiple sketch references based on the comparison to the National Academy example on listed picture 11. Last origin was south central Massachusetts. Eliza Rossana Lamb Barchus (December 4, 1857 December 31, 1959) was a prolific, prize-winning landscape painter who lived in Portland in the U. State of Oregon for most of her life.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Barchus moved to Portland in 1880. After taking art lessons from another landscape painter, Will S. Between then and 1935, she produced thousands of oil paintings and reproductions of subjects such as Mount Hood, Yellowstone Falls, Muir Glacier, and San Francisco Bay. Barchus, who had won medals at Mechanics Fairs in Portland in the late 1880s, drew national attention in 1890, when one of her large canvases of Mount Hood was displayed at the National Academy of Design exhibition in New York City. In 1901, several of her works were shown at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, and in 1905 she won a gold medal at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland for oil paintings of Pacific coast scenery.
Several years after her death at age 102, the Oregon Legislative Assembly named her "The Oregon Artist". Many art collections in Portland and elsewhere include examples of her work. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1857, Barchus could not recall much about her father, who died when she was very young.
After his death, her mother, Elizabeth, married Jack McDonald, an itinerant laborer and Deputy U. Marshal, and the family moved east to Abilene, Kansas. McDonald's work involved railroad construction, and Barchus and her mother, leading what Barchus called a "gypsy life", often traveled with him by wagon.
Among the people Barchus met on their travels was Wild Bill Hickok. A half-sister, Alice, was born when Barchus was nine years old. A brother, Johnny, died at an early age. At age 17, Barchus married John V.
Lansing, with whom she had two children, Isabel (Belle) and Blanche, before the marriage failed. Blanche died in infancy, but Isabel, born in 1876, accompanied Barchus and her second husband, John H. Barchus, to Portland in 1880.Lillian, their first child, died at birth. A son, Harold, was born in 1891, followed two years later by a daughter, Agnes, who eventually became her mother's biographer. John Barchus, who had been in poor health for years, died in 1899. In 1884, Barchus, who admired Western landscapes, began taking art lessons from Will S. Parrott, the foremost artist of that era in Portland.
In 1887 she won a gold medal at the Portland Mechanics Fair Art Exhibition for a painting of Mount Hood, and in 1888 she won a silver medal at the Mechanics Fair for a group of her oil paintings. In 1890, her 40-by-60-inch (100 by 150 cm) oil painting of Mount Hood at the National Academy of Design exhibition in New York City attracted an eastern audience. Rich cigar and souvenir concession at the Portland Hotel agreed to display and market her paintings. Her husband, who went south in winter in the 1890s to try to improve his health, persuaded the Lichtenberger Art Emporium in Los Angeles to sell his wife's paintings as well.During these years, to supplement the family income Barchus began bartering paintings for work by carpenters, plumbers, and other tradesmen, as well as professional services from a dentist and a physician. In 1901, Barchus exhibited several oil paintings at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Four years later, she won a gold medal for the "Finest Collection of Oil Paintings of Pacific Coast Scenery" at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland.
To augment her income, she soldin addition to full-sized paintingsmodestly priced color postcards and illustrated brochures with reproductions of her work. These marketing techniques helped support the family after Barchus became a widow, and she produced thousands of works of various sizes in an "assembly-line" style that was effective but sometimes criticized. Barchus continued to work in oils through the 1930s, putting on a one-artist exhibit in 1931 at the Merchant's Exposition during the Portland International Livestock Show and taking part in a public art project administered by the U.Failing eyesight and arthritis ended her career in 1935. Barchus died in 1959 at age 102 and was buried in Lone Fir Cemeterynear the graves of her mother, husband John, daughter Belle, and infant Lilliein a family plot she had bought in 1899. Twelve years later, the Oregon Legislative Assembly named her The Oregon Artist. In the 21st century, the collections of the Portland Art Museum; the Oregon Historical Society; Pittock Mansion; Crater Lake National Park; the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley; the Chicago Historical Society, and many others include examples of her work. Sellers: Get your own map of past buyers. The item "ANTIQUE 1890 AMERICAN MT HOOD OR OIL ON BOARD PAINTING FEMALE ARTIST E BARCHUS" is in sale since Friday, July 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "theprimitivefold" and is located in Villa Park, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.