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Anna Mary Robertson 'Grandma' Moses (1860-1961)
Anna Mary Robertson 'Grandma' Moses (1860-1961)
Anna Mary Robertson 'Grandma' Moses (1860-1961)
Anna Mary Robertson 'Grandma' Moses (1860-1961)
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Property from a New York Private Collection

That a Fine Turkey

That a Fine Turkey
signed 'Moses.' (lower right)—dated 'Nov 17. 1943.,' inscribed with title and numbered '507.' (on a label affixed to the reverse)
oil and glitter on masonite
9 1⁄2 x 14 in. (24 x 35.5 cm.)
Painted in 1943.
Doyle, New York, 20 May 2008, lot 2318.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Post lot text
The present work has been assigned the preliminary number, Kallir 305d, by Jane Kallir and Hildegard Bachert, placing it within the sequence of works in Otto Kallir, Grandma Moses (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1973). The copyright for this picture is reserved to Grandma Moses Properties, Co., Inc., New York.

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Lot Essay

Grandma Moses painted the theme of Thanksgiving repeatedly in her work, focusing on rural traditions like catching the turkey as seen in the present work. She wrote, "Why do we think we must have turkey for thankgiven. Just becaus our Forefathers did, they had it becaus turkeys were plentyfull, and they did not have other kinds of meat, now we have abundance of other kinds of luxuries, Poor Turkey, He has but one life to give this country." (O. Kallir, Grandma Moses: American Primitive, New York, 1946, n.p.)

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