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Grandma Moses

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses

Full Name: Anna Mary Robertson
Profession: Primitive Painter

United States of America

Biography: Grandma Moses was an American folk artist who didn't start painting until she was 76. Although interested in art as a child farming and bringing up 10 children had taken up all her time until then. She took to painting with gusto producing nearly 1,800 works during her career.

She was discovered in 1938 and had her first solo exhibition in 1940. She became incredibly popular and appeared on both the covers of Time and LIFE magazine and her paintings were frequently used on greeting cards. She published her autobiography "My Life's History" in 1952.

Born: September 7, 1860
Birthplace: Greenwich, New York, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: December 13, 1961 (aged 101)
Cause of Death: Atherosclerosis

Married Life

  • 1887-11-09 Anna Mary Robertson (27), later to become painter known as Grandma Moses, weds Thomas Salmon Moses in New York

Historical Events

  • 1960-09-19 "LIFE" magazine celebrates artist Anna Mary "Grandma" Moses' 100th birthday by putting her on their cover
  • 2006-11-30 American folk artist "Grandma" Moses' 1943 painting "Sugaring Off" sells for a record $1.3 million for the artist, by Christie's in New York

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