Oregon Poet Verne Bright Antique Watercolor

Oregon Poet Verne Bright Antique Watercolor

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    • Vintage item from the 1910s
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    This pretty Impressionist style landscape was painted in watercolors and signed by Verne Bright, who dated it 1915, when he was 22 years old. A pond in the foreground, a hazy sky and sparsely-leafed trees are all done in soft, misty colors. It's framed under glass in a narrow, cream painted wood frame that measures 9 inches top to bottom and barely 11 inches wide. The painting itself is in lovely condition, while the frame has some rubs on the paint and so is slightly shabby. The cardboard back is secured with old finishing nails that have darkened in place; it's exactly as we found it (photograph #5). 

    Verne Bright was born in 1893 in Missouri and came to Oregon in 1911. He graduated from Brownsville High School and was educated at Pacific Lutheran University after serving in Siberia in WW1. He became an author of poetry, as well as a newspaper reporter, an English teacher and assistant postmaster of Aloha, near Portland. Mr. Bright wrote over 1600 poems that were published in the Saturday Evening Post, London Poetry Review and the North American Poetry Review, among others, and his work appears in over 50 poetry anthologies. 

    In 1948, he wrote an epic poem in 24 sections entitled "Mountain Man," which "tells the story of how the descendants of Daniel Boone come to Oregon." That book earned him an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, where he taught for 2 years. During the Depression in the 1930's, he was the editor of the WPA Oregon Writer's Project (photograph #5 shows him at his desk in Portland); he contributed several illustrations to "The WPA Guide to Oregon: The Beaver State." He was also assistant curator of the Oregon Historical Society 1951 - 1953. 

    This charming painting was done by a man who loved and celebrated Oregon and it's a piece of early twentieth century history. 

    © Linda Henrich

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