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The Paintings Of Grandma Moses

12/23/11 12:00PM By Steve Zind
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The Old House at the Bend of the Road (1940 or earlier), Anna Mary Roberson "Grandma" Moses (1860-1961), Copyright (C) 1985, Grandma Moses Properties Co., N.Y. Collection of the Bennington Museum.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, or Grandma Moses, was an icon of the primitive folk art school of painting. Her works drew on her time in upstate New York and Vermont and feature bucolic scenes of village and family life. But experts say there's more to her work than meets the eye - from color to composition and perspective. We talk with the Bennington Museum's curator of collections, Jamie Franklin, about Grandma Moses' art, how her style transformed over three decades, and how she and her contemporaries are now viewed.

And, we listen back to an archival recording of poet Grace Paley reading her Christmas story, "The Loudest Voice." It's about a Jewish girl who plays an important role in her school's Christmas play.


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