Christmas

  • Grandma Moses, Christmas, 1958, oil and tempera on pressed wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Grandma Moses Properties, Gift of Charles Nelson Brower in memory of Charles H. and Elizabeth N. Brower, 2015.49

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Grandma Moses painted many winter scenes of farm life in which adults and children happily do their chores and play in the snow. She painted only cheerful images that were based on her memories of growing up on a farm and of being a farmwife herself. In this painting the people talking and laughing together evoke a nostalgic ideal of community life, which the artist emphasized through small stylized buildings and bright colors. The buildings and looping fences create a two-dimensional pattern on the pure white snow that underscores the picturesque, storybook scene.
Title
Christmas
Artist
Date
1958
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
16 1/8 × 20 1/8 in. (41 × 51.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Charles Nelson Brower in memory of Charles H. and Elizabeth N. Brower

Mediums Description
oil and tempera on pressed wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
  • Figure group
  • Landscape – town
  • Ceremony – holiday – Christmas
  • Architecture – vehicle – sleigh
  • Landscape – weather – snow
Object Number
2015.49
Palette
Linked Open Data
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