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ELIZA BARCHUS (1857-1959) antique painting Mt. Shasta by Oregon artist

ELIZA BARCHUS (1857-1959) antique painting Mt. Shasta by Oregon artist

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1920: Item # 1434046
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Oil on board painting titled in the artist's hand in pencil on the reverse "Mount Shasta at Noonday", the work featuring the snow-capped Northern California peak framed perfectly by tall conifers on each side and reflecting water at center. The measurements are 10" by 12" (13 1/2" by 15 1/2" in the old wood frame). Barchus signed at lower right. Born in Salt Lake City, she was in Portland, Oregon by 1880, and within four years was taking art lessons from William Samuel Parrott (1843-1915), then arguably the best-known artist in the city. By 1885 she had sold her first painting, and between then and the mid 1930's, when she stopped painting, her hand produced countless paintings of the spectacular western American landscape. Favorite subjects included the Cascade Range volcanoes, California, Yellowstone. National recognition came as early as 1890 when she exhibited a large canvas at the National Academy in New York. Barchus exhibited at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, and at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905. In her later years Barchus taught painting, traveling around the west to do so. Her most productive period ended around 1920. After her death, the Oregon legislature officially proclaimed her "The Oregon Artist". Her work is distinctive and easily recognizable from a distance. This painting has just been freshly restored; old glue in the sky area was removed and the painting cleaned.