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“Road to the Mountains” Sperryville, Virginia

Martha Moffett Bache (1893-1983)

Sperryville, Virginia

Circa 1945-50

37″ H x 43 1/4″ W

 

This piece captures the local scene of Sperryville, VA located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The painting captures the vibrant colors of the region as well as some of the local townsfolk as they go on about their day. Signed in the lower right corner.

 

Martha Moffett Bache was an accomplished artist that specialized in landscapes and miniatures. Born in Flint, Mich., Bache came to Washington in the mid-1920s. During World War I, she worked with the Army Medical Corps as a rehabilitation aide, teaching arts and crafts to wounded servicemen at Walter Reed hospital.  Several of her works are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, including her painting Wartime Marketing (1942)

 

WHY WE LOVE IT: What more can we say, this painting perfectly captures the beauty we see right here in our own backyard.

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