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Grandma Moses

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Birthday
7, 1860
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Dec 13, 1961 (101)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
7, 1860
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Dec 13, 1961 (101)

About

Folk artist best known for her rural, nostalgic scenes and her late-in-life success. She began painting at the age of 78. She was immensely popular during the 1950s, and her exhibitions traveled the world, shattering attendance records globally.

Before Fame

She produced more than 1600 canvasses across 30 years. She was discovered by engineer and art collector Louis J. Caldor in 1938 when he saw her paintings in the local drug-store window.

Trivia

She lived to be 101 years old. Her 100th birthday was heralded by Life magazine on the September 19, 1960, cover.

Family Life

She was born Anna Mary Robertson, and she developed a childhood love of embroidery. She switched to painting, however, at the suggestion of her sisters after she developed arthritis. She married Thomas Salmon Moses in 1887. She and Thomas had ten children, but just five survived past infancy.

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She was awarded the Women's National Press Club Trophy by President Harry S. Truman.

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