December 13, 2017
Anna Mary Moses (1860-1961), Path to the Village, no date, needlework, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Bryan A. Larson, 1985.
This beautiful scene is a highlight from the MOA Collection by a well-known American artist best-known by her professional name, Grandma Moses. A farm wife and mother, Moses created needlework images and quilts depicting life on a rural farm, like this Path to the Village. A self-taught artist, she began painting in her seventies and continued until just months before her death. Grandma Moses garnered national renown for her nostalgic images of country life after a New York collector saw her work in 1938. Moses described her process, “I’ll … start painting; then I’ll forget everything, everything except how things used to be and how to paint it so people will know how we used to live.”