GRANDMA MOSES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/6 - HFSID 265770
GRANDMA MOSES A letter from Moses to a family member, saying she has "not accomplished much" but did finish two art pieces and is working on the third Autograph letter signed: "Mother Moses", 1p, 7¼x10½. Eagle Bridge, (New York), no year Oct Nov 6.To Mr. Caldor.
Sale Price $2,762.50
A letter from Moses to a family member, saying she has "not accomplished much" but did finish two art pieces and is working on the third
Autograph letter signed: "Mother Moses", 1p, 7¼x10½. Eagle Bridge, (New York), no year Oct Nov 6.To Mr. Caldor. In full, as written: "I received your letter of the second, sorry that you seem to run into a storm when ever you come up this way. Am glad that Marie [Weisel] eat those roots, I would hate to think of her going to bed hungry. If you do not come up the fast (sic, first) of the week let me know, so that I may send a box of apples. [to Miss Weisel] I have been housekeeper and cheef cook for the pass (sic, past) two weeks, so you will see that I have not accomplished much, but haved too (sic, two) finished and am finishing the third. So if it is so, that you can't come up, and want those pictures, I can send them to you. It is a long drive for so little in bad weather. Yes I did receive the Cataloge of the opening Exhibition of the advisory committee of museum of modern art. from Sidney Javis, as this is monday morning on the Farm you will excuse me, and my hate (sic, haste). Thanking you for all you have done for me." At upper margin, in another hand: "Please return Simors". Although she did not start painting until age 76, 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 of Moses' husband, Thomas, 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. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Fine condition.
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