September 23, 2017
Virginia F. Moody (1912-1994), Trees in September, no date, oil on masonite, 10 x 14 1/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Milo C. and Virginia F. Moody, 1991.
Arist Virginia Moody of Spanish Fork, Utah, painted dozens of local landscapes depicting the vast and varied geography of the state. Moody’s husband worked as a physician, and she as a schoolteacher, while they raised seven children. This oil painting was donated to the MOA by Milo and Virginia Moody along with more than thirty other works by the artist. Like many of Moody’s paintings, Trees in September depicts the mountainous Wasatch and a fleeting moment between rapidly changing seasons.