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Early Skating

Anna Mary Robertson Moses

American Art

Anna Mary Robertson Moses—better known as Grandma Moses—began painting in her late seventies, after decades of working on a farm. Early Skating is one of more than 1,500 of her paintings that depict the seasonal activities and landscape of her rural community in upstate New York. As is characteristic of the artist’s distinctive style, the action is concentrated in the lower half of the composition, and the figures are described in flat, reductive shapes with minimal details.
MEDIUM Oil and tempera on Masonite
DATES 1951
DIMENSIONS 17 15/16 x 24 in. (45.6 x 61 cm) Frame: 26 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (67.3 x 82.6 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed bottom center: "MOSES."
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed verso, upper center, on paper label: "Sept 21, 1951, / 1493, / Early Skating"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of R. Thornton Wilson
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Anna Mary Robertson Moses (American, 1860–1961). Early Skating, 1951. Oil and tempera on Masonite, 17 15/16 x 24 in. (45.6 x 61 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of R. Thornton Wilson, 83.122.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 83.122.2_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 83.122.2_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © 1973 (renewed 2001) Grandma Moses Properties Co., New York
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