A rare opportunity to acquire a work from close to the heart of American naive painting in the folk art style: an original oil on board painting, 11 1/2" by 35 1/2" plus narrow dark green contemporary framing, signed at lower left by FRED ROBERTSON (1878-1953), and titled on handwritten label by the artist "My Hills of Home". On that label written by the artist is also "Eagle Bridge, New York", considered the home of Grandma Moses. Fred was the brother of Grandma Moses, and he is given credit for promoting her work in the early days before she became a national phenomenon. Fred was a painter himself and is said to have created some 200 paintings. In 1945 the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City actually held an exhibition of his works. That gallery remains prominently a part of the Grandma Moses story, past and present. It was founded by Austrian immigrant Otto Kallir in 1939, and is credited with giving Grandma Moses her first one-woman show. This painting is dated 1943 (but the last digit seems to have been overwritten at some point, and, on the reverse backing paper, some faint red writing repeating the title seems to give the date 1944). Fred Robertson's works being scarce, there are few to no auction records. The Bennington Museum in Vermont, prominent exhibitor of Grandma Moses' works, holds some of Fred Robertson's paintings. The painting is in excellent condition and ready for display in a green frame that matches the color in the painting and sets of the crisp blue and white of the sky. Note the details of sheep, structures, and figures. A very, very rare opportunity to acquire a true example of American twentieth century self-taught folk art. E
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