See her autobiography (1952) and study by O. Kallir (1973).
(born Sept. 7, 1860, Greenwich, N.Y., U.S.—died Dec. 13, 1961, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) U.S. painter. She began to produce embroidery pictures after her husband died in 1927. When arthritis impaired her embroidering, she turned to painting. She had her first exhibition in a drugstore in 1938 at age 78. She went on to produce more than 1,000 nostalgic, naively executed scenes of turn-of-the-century rural life (e.g., Catching the Thanksgiving Turkey, Over the River to Grandma's House). By 1939 her pictures were being exhibited internationally, and from 1946 they were regularly reproduced on holiday greeting cards.
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Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7 1860 – December 13 1961), better known as "Grandma Moses" was a renowned American folk artist. She is most often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced age.
In 1946 her painting The Old Checkered Inn in Summer was featured in the background of a national advertising campaign for the young women's lip gloss Primitive Red by Du Barry cosmetics.
President Harry S. Truman presented her with the Women's National Press Club trophy Award for outstanding accomplishment in art in 1949, and in 1951 she appeared on See It Now, a television program hosted by Edward R. Murrow. In 1952 she published her autobiography entitled Grandma Moses: My Life's History.
On her 100th birthday in 1960, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller proclaimed the day "Grandma Moses Day" in her honor.
In November 2006, her work Sugaring Off(1943), became her highest selling work at US $1.2 million. The work was a clear example of the simple rural scenes she became known for.
Another of her paintings, Fourth of July, was painted in honor of President Eisenhower and still hangs today in the White House.
The name of the character of "Granny Moses" on the popular 1960s rural comedy television series The Beverly Hillbillies was an homage to Grandma Moses.