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Posted June 19, 2004
Filled with sprightly, colorful illustrations reminiscent of the work of the artist it celebrates 'Grandma Moses' is an ideal way to introduce youngsters to art. Each painting catches the eyes with its bold shades and scenes of earlier days, while the text traces the artist's inspiration and the development of her paintings. Born Anna Mary Robertson in 1860 the artist who would some day gain fame as Grandma Moses was raised on a farm in Washington County, New York. She was a happy child who enjoyed making believe, cutting out newspaper paper dolls and painting eyes on them with blue laundry rinse. Even as a young girl she liked to paint - scenes of the countryside. However, there was work to be done on the farm so she had little time to indulge her hobby. At the age of 12 she left home to work as a hired girl for a family. Later, as a young woman working for another family she met their hired man, Thomas Salomon Moses. She was to write of that meeting in later years: 'In those days we didn't look for a man with money, but for a good family, good reputation - many of the boys were chicken thieves.' The pair married and moved to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. She would have loved to have painted that scene but she was kept busy churning milk into butter to pay for their cows. After their children were born the family moved back to New York where Anna Mary's days were full of household chores and tending to her children. It was only after she was widowed and the children were grown that she could turn once again to her first love - painting. Once her work was recognized she became known as Grandma Moses, and lived to see her work hung in museums throughout the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.