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GRANDMA MOSES (1860-1961) framed bold ink autograph and handwritten letter from daughter-in-law to admirer

GRANDMA MOSES (1860-1961) framed bold ink autograph and handwritten letter from daughter-in-law to admirer

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Autographs: Pre 1960: Item # 1417527

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A nicely framed photograph of famed American naive artist GRANDMA MOSES (1860-1961) with a bold ink signature of the artist on a card, along with a charming and rare historical handwritten letter dated May 21, 1960, postmarked Eagle Bridge, New York, from Mrs. Forrest Moses, the daughter-in-law, to a fan in Lonoke, Arkansas who had requested an autograph or photo. In the charming letter, the daughter-in-law, married to Moses' artistic son Forrest (born 1893, died 1974), states she appreciates the fan's interest etc. etc., but that Grandma has not been feeling so well due to problems with her ear ("You know she is an old lady and it isn't easy for her to write even when she is feeling up to par.") so has not been signing, and that there is no picture of her available to send out. If you cannot afford a Grandma Moses painting (one fetched $1.2 milllion in 2006 at auction) this item should make for a suitable substitute. Moses of course became an international sensation during the middle years of the twentieth century, when she was discovered and promoted by an art dealer who happened to see some of her works in a small town window in upstate New York. Within a year Grandma's primitive, naive style was on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and subsequent promotion created an image that lasts to this day. See the detailed Wikipedia description of Grandma Moses' long and fascinating life. When she died, president John Kennedy remarked on her passing. Norman Rockwell was a good friend.