This is a Postcard of a reprint of a painting by Eliza Barchus, a Listed Artist from Portland, Oregon of Mount Hood. It is in excellent condition and has never been mailed. It is marked Copyrighted 1905 By Eliza R. Barchus. It is marked on the back "published by E. R. Barchus, 542 East 27th St. Portland, Oregon. The stamp place is it written "No Writing 1cent / If Writing 2cents. ( we have never noticed that on a post card before ) Her original paintings sell for thousands! Eliza Rosanna Barchus (1857-1959)
In 1884 Eliza Barchus began taking art lessons from William Parrott, the foremost artist in Portland at the time. He did not let his students actually paint, they could only watch him paint, and somehow the method worked. By the turn of the century Eliza Barchus was the best known painter in the Northwest; she had won many awards, had exhibited at the National Academy in New York, and supported a large family by her efforts alone. Theodore Roosevelt placed one of her paintings in the White House, and Woodrow Wilson bought another. Throughout her career she continued to paint scenes almost exactly as she had seen William Parrott do, with the same characteristic pinkish-grey skies, and with the same delicate lakes and forests in the foreground. Mountains and waterfalls of the west were her subjects. Eliza Barchus lived to be one hundred and two years old and passed away in 1959. In 1934 she said: I painted and sold hundreds of hundreds of oil paintings of Mount Hood, Mount Shasta, the Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls and Mount Rainier, as well as the beauty spots of Alaska, the Yellowstone, the Yosemite, and other scenes of the west. But somehow or other the business instinct does not seem to go with the artistic instinct, and while I have had the joy of creation, those who have handled my work have usually made the most of the money. I presume I have painted several thousand pictures of Mount Hood and of other beauty spots of Oregon and bring tourists here to see the originals of my paintings. She meant, of course, that after seeing her paintings, people want to come and see the actual mountains themselves. Her paintings of Mount Shasta are problematic, because she was consistently inaccurate in portraying the topography of the mountain; she preferred to make it one cone with a split down its middle. Anyone who knows Mount Shasta would be puzzled by her portrayal of the mountain in this way, but after all she did sell them and was successful at it.