October 1, 2016

Painting With The 275

October 1, 2016

Day 275 (91 days to go)


Pen, collage and watercolor, 5X7, matted

Part V

The last time Grandma Moses left the farm to go to the big city was in 1953. The Herald Tribune arranged one of their annual symposiums, and Grandma Moses was invited to speak on “New Patterns for Mid-Century Living.” The specific topic was “Time on Our Hands.” There is no record about what precisely she spoke about, but according to the The Pathfinder and True Confessions, magazine articles, Grandma Moses said she never painted before sweeping the whole house and finishing her chores. She also once said she was more proud of her preserves then her paintings.

She was most admired for being able to express through her paintings her life as a simple farmer and her images of the “olden days.”

Moses became the subject of numerous radio and TV programs. In 1950, a documentary film on the artist, narrated by Archibald MacLeish, was nominated for an Academy Award, and two years later, Lillian Gish interviewed her on a live television dramatization. In 1955, Edward R. Murrow documented Grandma Moses on CBS's "See It Now." The same show had an interview with the famous jazz singer Louis Armstrong.

Although she rarely left her farm in upstate New York, Grandma Moses was considered a national treasure and was widely known internationally.