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Author Marling, Karal Ann.

Title Designs on the heart : the homemade art of Grandma Moses / Karal Ann Marling.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  759.13 MOSE/ MARL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 290 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-282) and index.
Contents To the Reader ix -- Prologue: Flying Over Quilted Landscapes 1 -- 1 Air Castle Years 19 -- 2 Old Oaken Bucket 41 -- 3 Making Soap, Washing Sheep 65 -- 4 Sugaring Off 85 -- 5 Mother Moses "Discovered" 107 -- 6 From Farm Wife to Media Darling 129 -- 7 A "Primitive" Artist 157 -- 8 Cakes and Cards 179 -- 9 G. Moses, Inc. 209 -- 10 Grandma Is Very Old 231 -- Epilogue: "Work, For the Night Is Coming" 253.
Summary "It is a story that has gone down in the annals of American art history: a New Yorker visiting upstate Hoosick Falls is entranced by four pictures hanging in the window of a drugstore. Investigating further, he learns they are the handiwork of a 78-year-old widow. Thus begins the rise to fame of Grandma Moses - farmwife, painter, and unlikely celebrity." "In this book Karal Ann Marling looks at Grandma Moses as a cultural phenomenon of the postwar period and explores the meaning of her subject matter - and her astonishing fame. What did the "Greatest Generation" see in her simple renderings of people, young and old, tapping maple trees for syrup, making apple butter, gliding across snowy fields on sleighs? Why did Bob Hope, Irving Berlin, and Harry Truman all love her - and the art czars' of New York openly despise her? Through the flood of Moses merchandise - splashed across Christmas cards, dishware, yard goods, and gewgaws of every kind - Marling traces the resonances that these "primitive" images struck in an America awkwardly adjusting to a new era of technology, suburbia, and Cold War tensions." "Between the cultural ephemera, folklore, song, and history embedded in Moses' paintings and the potent advertising shorthand for Americana that her images rapidly became, this book reveals the widespread longing for the memories, comforts, and small victories of a mythic, intimate American past tapped by the phenomenon - in art and commerce alike - of Grandma Moses."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Moses, Grandma, 1860-1961 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Standard Number 9780674022263
ISBN 0674022262 (alk. paper)