Grandma Moses, born Greenwich, NY 1860-died Hoosick Falls, NY 1961
oil and tempera on pressed wood
16 1/8 × 20 1/8 in. (41 × 51.1 cm)
Grandma Moses painted many winter scenes of farm life in which adults and children happily do their chores and play in the snow. She painted only cheerful images that were based on her memories of growing up on a farm and of being a farmwife herself. In this painting the people talking and laughing together evoke a nostalgic ideal of community life, which the artist emphasized through small stylized buildings and bright colors. The buildings and looping fences create a two-dimensional pattern on the pure white snow that underscores the picturesque, storybook scene.
This artwork is currently on view on the first floor of the Museum in the Folk Art galleries.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Charles Nelson Brower in memory of Charles H. and Elizabeth N. Brower
This portion of the Warshaw Collection remains unprocessed. At this time, there is no finding aid available. Researchers interested in these materials should consult the survey forms for the collection. Questions should be directed to the reference archivist or collection specialist.
Christmas series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box ##, folder ###, digital file number ####