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Shirley Moskowitz

Shirley Moskowitz



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  1. I just found a great opaque watercolor by Shirley Moskowitz. It’s 1940’s-50’s of a house in the trees, looks like fall or early winter. Original mat and fame. Modernist style, kind of like Charles Burchfield…

  2. Dear Ruth,

    I did not have the fortune of knowing your mother, nor of seeing any of her paintings. However, after seeing the few that are displayed in your invitation to the commemorative event in Calabria, I feel deeply moved.

    They are very beautiful, and each captures a particular atmosphere, mood, interpretation of the human, natural and architectural environment in which the artist lived during those years.

    I hope I will be able to see some of her paintings personally — perhaps by taking a trip to Calabria and visiting the museum in the future.

    Meanwhile, I’m sure you feel (justifiably) very proud – and I wish you and your brother a very rewarding experience in August.


  3. Hi,
    I think that I may have two works by your mother, but I am not sure. They look like they may have been painted on the same day, although I am not sure of this either.

    Both watercolors are signed S. Moskowitz “56, but one signature is done in print, and the other in script.

    They both depict a picnic scene. One is of a man and a woman, in repose by a river, with a footbridge in the background.The other is of a picnic table scene in a park with many adults enjoying the day.

    Both watercolors are in muted colors and I am not sure if this has to do with the age,,or not. they are also very stylized and reminiscent of this period.

    I absolutely love these paintings and feel fortunate to have this slice if americana from a bygone era. I will send you a picture of them in another e-mail.

    Thank you,

    Michelle S.

  4. Thanks for the opportunity, Ruth, Frank and Sam, to honor Shirley once again. She was a cheerful part of our Umbrian scene and we miss her. In terms of Shirley’s profession, I really only knew first-hand of her last period, that of her collage/montage works that reflected her understanding of, and delight with, her friends and neighbors here. Along with many others, I look forward to seeing more photos of her earlier work on this site.


  5. Dear Ruth, Frank, and Sam,
    What a loving and appropriate tribute to your remarkable mother. Thanks to Sam, Harvey and I were privileged to meet Shirley and Jake and an immediate and lasting friendship was formed. We were so fortunate to spend time with them at their Italian paradise, and then when they moved to Santa Monica, to see them often during the winter when we were at Silver Strand Beach. Sam and I are both Art Historians and were, and remain well aware of Shirley’s ability to not only express profound ideas through her art, but to do so in a manner that was accessible to all. Her collage of the crosses on the beach at Santa Monica speak volumes about the futility of war, and its cost in human terms. No text conveys this sense of loss better than her art. As I write this, so many of her other beautiful and articulate images come to mind; each a text meant to be ‘read’ that tells a story, about her family, her environment, her love of nature, and humanity. How we miss her sweetness and gentleness, her humor, and her intelligence, her acceptance of realtiy, her graciousness to the end. How privileged we were to know her, but she will always remain vivid in my memory. Sadly, Harvey left not long after Shirley. The world, my world, will never be as bright and sunny, so full of love and hope, as it was when they were here, but how privileged I was to have had them in my life. May their memories be for a blessing.

  6. Hi-

    I was so happy to come across this website. Your parents were very important to me when I was a young child. My parents, Tony and Martha Kroch, were friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gruber (as I called them). My father worked at Temple for a while, he is now at Penn.

    We used to go to your parents’ house in Center City for Sunday brunches and for Passover. Those visits are some of my favorite childhood memories. Your dad would always give my sisters and me some little artifact for our “museum” at home. We never had trouble clearing our plates because we wanted see the pictures on the china. And, we absolutely loved letting Polly lick our plates before they went into the dish washer.

    There are three sisters in my family and we each have a pencil drawing of Polly that your mother did for us. Your mother also made me a paper doll for my birthday one year, the only anatomically correct paper doll I ever owned.

    Every so often I google “Shirley Moskowitz” to see if I can find any of her art for sale. My parents have several wonderful pieces and I have always wanted one of my own. I last saw your mother when she did a show at the University of the Arts about 10 years ago. I am so glad I got to see so much of her work in one place.

    I really feel that knowing Mrs. Gruber has taught me that art should be taken into my heart and loved, not just viewed at a respectable distance. Whenever I look at her work I not only see the physical beauty and skill, but I feel her spirit emanating from it.

    I am so glad that you started this website, if only for the opportunity that it gave me to reflect on what your mother and father meant to me. Thank you for that.

    -Deborah Kroch Leaf

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