GRANDMA MOSES: MY LIFE'S HISTORY by Grandma Moses
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GRANDMA MOSES: MY LIFE'S HISTORY

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A running commentary, by Grandma Moses, of early episodes and experiences which with its direct simplicity and native, laconic clarity forms a mosaic of memories which have much of the sparkle of her paintings, some of which are reproduced here in color. Predominating here is her childhood, as one of ten children, on the farm in the Hoosick Valley (New York) and the cycle of the year in which the ""days are nearly all the same, nothing changes but the seasons"" from the spring planting of corn to the first snowstorm and sugaring off. Hired out at the age of 12, she had a little schooling, later met Tom Moses ""temperate and thrifty"" and thereby eligible. The second part deals with the years following her marriage to Tom, the move to Virginia and the ten babies she bore- but only ""five that grew""; and more briefly, the return to the country where she was born, the dispersion of her family, the death of Tom, and the start of her painting and its surprising, happy reception and recognition.... There is a not unexpected sense of color here in the world that she sees and looks back on, a temperate philosophy, and a practical realism which gives this much of its charm, and her continually extending following will provide an audience. Illustrated with photographs as well as 16 reproductions in full color of her characteristic paintings.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1951
Publisher: Harper