Also inscribed with title, date and number on artist’s label on reverse
Oil on masonite
15 x 24 inches
Clayton E. Shaw, M.D.
Thence by descent to his son, Clayton E. Shaw, Jr.
Thence by descent in the Shaw family
Williams College Museum
Otto Kallir, Grandma Moses (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1973), p. 310, no. 1011
The artist recorded this painting as number 1502 on page 57 in her record book.
Note: Clayton E. Shaw, M.D. was Grandma Moses’ own doctor for over fifty years. She gave this painting, Quiet Day, to him and his wife for their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Grandma Moses’ colorful paintings are historical narratives. Each picture tells not only one story but is a delightful collection of visual vignettes and appealing, amusing anecdotes. Grandma Moses spent most of her childhood in the eastern part of New York where she grew up on a farm. She was encouraged to draw and paint on unused newsprint, using berry juice to color her pictures. When she was in her seventies, after a lifetime of being a farmer’s wife, Grandma Moses began making stitchery landscape pictures. Her children suggested she transfer these designs and color schemes to paintings. By 1939, she was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Grandma Moses’ paintings often convey both a sense of playfulness and a feeling of communal spirit and goodwill.