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Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known by her nickname Grandma Moses, was an American folk artist. She began painting at the age of 78 and is often cited as an example of an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. Her works have been shown and sold in the United States and abroad and have been marketed on greeting cards and other merchandise.

Grandma Moses' paintings are displayed in the collections of many museums. The Sugaring Off was sold for US $1.2 million in 2006. She appeared on magazine covers, television, and in a documentary of her life. She wrote an autobiography (My Life's History), won numerous awards, and was awarded two honorary doctoral degrees.

The simple realism, nostalgic atmosphere and luminous color with which Grandma Moses portrayed simple farm life and rural countryside won her a wide following. She was able to capture the excitement of winter's first snow, Thanksgiving preparations and the new, young green of oncoming spring.

On September 19, 1960 LIFE magazine celebrated her 100th birthday featuring her on its cover. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller also proclaimed her 100th birthday as “Grandma Moses Day” in her honor.

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