Profession: Primitive Painter
Why Famous: 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.
- 1887-11-09 Painter Grandma Moses (27) weds Thomas Salmon Moses in New York
- 1960-09-19 "LIFE" magazine celebrates artist Grandma Moses's 100th birthday by putting her on their cover
- 2006-11-30 American folk artist Grandma Moses' "Sugaring Off" sells for a record $1.3 million for the artist by Christie in New York