Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961), or Grandma Moses, was an American folk artist. She began painting in earnest at the age of 78 and is a prominent example of a newly flourishing art career at an futuristic age. Her works have been shown and sold worldwide, including in museums, and have been merchandised such as on greeting cards. Sugaring Off was sold for US$1.2 million in 2006.

Moses appeared upon magazine covers, television, and in a biographical documentary. Her autobiography is My Life's History, she won numerous awards, and she held two honorary doctoral degrees.

The New York Times said: "The easy realism, nostalgic appearance and lustrous color subsequently which Grandma Moses portrayed easy farm vigor and rural countryside won her a wide following. She was nimble to invade the to-do of winter's first snow, Thanksgiving preparations and the new, young green of oncoming spring... In person, Grandma Moses charmed wherever she went. A tiny, lively girl with mischievous gray eyes and a quick wit, she could be sharp-tongued similar to a sycophant and stern past an errant grandchild."

She was a live-in housekeeper for a total of 15 years, starting at age 12. An employer noticed her salutation for their prints made by Currier and Ives, and they supplied her subsequent to drawing materials. Moses and her husband began their married vibrancy in Virginia, where they worked upon farms. In 1905, they returned to the Northeastern United States and arranged in Eagle Bridge, New York. They had ten children, five of whom survived infancy. She embroidered pictures in imitation of yarn, until disabled by arthritis.

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