GRANDMA MOSES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/14/1938 - HFSID 269085
GRANDMA MOSES (ANNA MARY ROBERTSON MOSES) Just two years after she started to paint, she tells the man who discovered her that she had sent a dollar to him "To send me some paints", but she now realizes she won't have time to paint "as I shall be very busy on farm for some time to come" Autograph letter signed:
Sale Price $2,762.50
GRANDMA MOSES (ANNA MARY ROBERTSON MOSES)
Just two years after she started to paint, she tells the man who discovered her that she had sent a dollar to him "To send me some paints", but she now realizes she won't have time to paint "as I shall be very busy on farm for some time to come"
Autograph letter signed: "Mrs. T.S. Moses" in pencil, 2 pages, 4¾x7½. Eagle Bridge, (1938) July 14. To Lewis J. Caldor, New York. Original spelling. In full: "I sent out a letter to you with a dollar asking if it was not to much trouble to send me some paints. and the price a tube, Two parties want some of the wosted pictures, and as you do not care about them, shall I let them go? If you did receive the letter never mind the tubs of paint now. as I shall be very busy on Farm for some time to come, It is a probability that the letter never left the postoffice here if you did not received it. I have the paintings all done in a way, you don't have to take only what you like of them, Some I'm not pleased with, I have been reqwested to paint a scene of a child hood home for $12 but can't do it untill later, Hoping that you can survive this hot weather, I remain as ever your Friend." Accompanied by envelope (5x4), addressed by her in ink, to Louis J. Caldor in New York, N.Y., postmarked Eagle Bridge, July 14, 1938. Although she did not start painting until age 76, just two years before writing this letter, self-taught prolific "American Primitive" painter ANNA MARY ROBERTSON "GRANDMA" MOSES (1860-1961) produced about 2,000 works (between her 100th birthday on September 7, 1960 and her death on December 13, 1961 at the age of 101, she completed 25 paintings). Painted mostly on masonite board, her works depicted scenes from her childhood and rural life. LOUIS J. CALDOR, a New York City engineer and art collector who was just passing through town, saw some of her paintings displayed in the drugstore once owned by her husband, Thomas S. Moses (died 1927), and asked to meet the painter. Caldor bought several of her paintings to be displayed in galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art (Fall 1939), and encouraged her to paint more. The paintings of "Grandma Moses" first came to wide public attention in 1940, when she was 80 years old, with a one-woman show, "What A Farm Wife Painted", in Otto Kallir's Galerie St. Etienne in New York City (the Galerie St. Etienne officially represented Grandma Moses and has represented her estate since her death). Moses' folk art, down-home personality and background as a farmer and homemaker charmed the American public. Accompanied by the original envelope, addressed by Grandma Moses in ink to: "Lowis (sic) J. Caldor./875 west. 180 St./New York./N.Y.", postmarked Eagle Bridge, N.Y., July 14, 1938. Letters by Grandma Moses with art content rarely appear on the market and this one, written at the beginning of her art career when farming still came first, is especially desirable. Two items. Fine condition.
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