GRANDMA MOSES: Painter of Rural America by Zibby Oneal

GRANDMA MOSES: Painter of Rural America

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In the ""Women of Our Time"" series, a biography of the farm woman who became a respected painter in the last 20 years of her life. Anna Mary Robertson (1860-1961) remembered her long-ago childhood with affection mirrored in her art. Coming from one large family and raising another, she had little time for anything but work, yet Oneal documents her early enthusiasm for painting, shared by her father. A busy life intervened; even at 70, newly widowed, farm work past, she was sidetracked by embroidering pictures till rheumatism suggested paining as a less painful alternative. Untutored, she used characteristic independence and ingenuity in evolving her own techniques (glitter on snow scenes was controversial with critics), quickly becoming skillful in her own primitive style. A century's change, the evolution of an artist, the unique spirit of an indomitable woman, the trappings and ironies attending the rise of the famous--all are briskly presented in a story well chosen for its inherent interest to children.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Viking