Monday, December 6, 2010

Artist of the Month

The artist for the month of December is Grandma Moses (1860-1961).

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as "Grandma Moses", was born in Greenwich, New York, on September 7, 1860. Moses is a renowned American folk artist who is best remembered as an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. She had ten children but five died at birth. Although her family and friends called her either "Mother Moses" or "Grandma Moses," she first exhibited as "Mrs. Moses," yet the press eagerly named her "Grandma Moses," which stuck." LIFE magazine celebrated her 100th birthday by featuring her on its September 19, 1960 cover.

Many of Grandma Moses' paintings were used to publicize special American holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother's Day. She regularly portrayed happy scenes of rural home life, sometimes picturing herself as a child. She also painted a number of historical pictures, usually about her ancestors. In some works, the figures are dressed in eighteenth-century costumes, as people might have dressed in the country. Many of her color schemes are fitting to the various seasons: white for winter, light green for spring, deep green for summer, and brown for autumn.

Here are some of her most famous pantings.
"The Old Oaken Bucket"

"Bringing in the Maple Sugar"

"Over the River to Grandma's House"

"Sugaring Off"

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