I love folk art! And as I shared with you in a previous post, I was fortunate enough to pick up this terrific book on Grandma Moses at the local farmers market a couple of weeks ago. If you love the work of this iconic American artist, this is a really great book to add to your library. Most importantly for those of us who love her artwork, there are lots of large color photos highlighting her most well known and loved pieces. But, it is also a thoughtful and well-written biography of the artist and the inspiration behind her work.
|Embroidery art by Grandma Moses|
I learned a lot about Grandma Moses, who was born Anna Mary Robertson, that I never knew before. For instance, I knew that she famously did not start painting until she was a senior citizen, but what I did not know was that she began her artistic career as a textile artist! The photos above and below are of embroidered works she did prior to her years of painting. Apparently, the reason she turned to painting was because her arthritis had gotten too bad for her to continue creating with needlework!
|Mt. Nebo On The Hill, 1940, worsted wool embroidery by Grandma Moses|
As you can see, her textile pieces are executed with great skill and a wonderful eye for design. I can't get over the fact that America's most beloved artist was discovered due to arthritis! I can only imagine she must have been disappointed to be forced to give up her needlework. But God had other plans!!
|The Shepherd Comes Home from the Hills, 1939, worsted wool embroidery, Grandma Moses|
She was able to greatly increase her artistic output with this newfound medium, and was able to create more detailed and illustrative paintings with it. As we stitchers know, this kind of large, detailed work would take a very long time to create. She could whip up a painting in an afternoon! And as a result, we have many more of her works to enjoy. The Lord works in mysterious ways!
|Catching the Turkey, 1940, by Grandma Moses|
Looking at these idyllic scenes of wintertime fills me with joy. I imagine myself cozied up in that horse-drawn sleigh with my children or sitting by a warm fire in that little cabin. And I imagine the artist herself walking in the snow, gazing at her home and the surrounding landscape with great love and affection. This woman knew how lucky she was. She knew how to appreciate the beauty of her life and her home, and she painted it with honesty and warmth.
|The Old Checkered House in Winter, 1950, Grandma Moses|
|In Harvest Time, 1945, Grandma Moses|
|Halloween, 1955, Grandma Moses|
The more I learn about Grandma Moses, and the more I study her work, the more I love her and the more inspired I become by her. She was a true folk artist - no formal training of any kind - and yet she was able to create paintings that fill the viewer with happiness and warmth and nostalgia. I am so thrilled to have found this book. I only paid 50 cents for it, but I would have paid much more! Luckily, it is still widely available. You can easily find one, if you're interested. Just type in a search query for the title and several options will pop up at all different price points. Believe me, if you like folk art, and particularly if you like the work of Grandma Moses, you will love this book.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at it with me today, and if you know of any more books on this style of folk art that you could recommend, please let me know!
Until next time, take care and have a great weekend!!!