Did you know that ‘Grandma Moses’ was born today in 1860? Her real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses. She was a well-known American folk artist. She created more than 1,500 paintings. Amazingly, Grandma Moses did not start to paint until she was about 78 years old!! Most of Grandma Moses’ paintings show scenes of farm or country life, traditions, and landscapes. Her artwork is displayed in many museums across the country.
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Grandma Moses wrote an autobiography, My Life’s History.
When she started exhibiting her work, she used the name Mrs. Moses, but the press dubbed her “Grandma Moses”. The name stuck.
When she was 12 Grandma Moses started working as a housekeeper, when she was 27 she married and spent much of her time raising her family and their farm.
Grandma Moses earned numerous awards for her work and was awarded two honorary doctorate degrees. After her passing, President John F. Kennedy memorialized her saying, “Both her work and her life helped our nation renew its pioneer heritage and recall its roots in the countryside and on the frontier”.
Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell were friends. They lived over the Vermont/New York state border from each other. Grandma Moses appears in Rockwell’s painting, “Christmas Homecoming”.