My Hills of Home   (1941)
Maker:  Anna Mary Robertson Moses, American (1860 - 1961)
Oil on board
18 in. x 36 in. (45.72 cm x 91.44 cm)
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
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If you asked people to name an American artist, chances are that many of them would say “Grandma Moses,” for her name has come to be associated with a distinctive style of painting and rural subjects that strike a common national chord.

Grandma Moses first began to paint in her seventies, after arthritis made it impossible for her to continue to embroider. A New York collector driving through Moses's home town of Hoosick Falls, New York, saw her paintings in a drugstore, bought them, and bought more after visiting her at her farm. She had her first exhibition in 1940.

In her biography, she wrote: "I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I was happy and contented, I knew nothing better and made the best out of what life offered. And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."

[Gallery label text, 2009]
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