Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Greenwich (Washington county, New York state, United States)

A sense of time and place is a distinctive quality of the folk paintings of Grandma (Anna Robertston) Moses, the New York farm wife who first took up a brush in her seventies and became world-famous by the time of her death in 1961 at age 101. In her autobiography, My Life's History, Grandma Moses recounts how an art collector's serendipitous discovery of her paintings in a pharmacy in Hoosick Falls led to a gallery exhibition in New York City. She also describes how in 1887, she and her husband, Thomas Moses, moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where they raised five children; they would return to Eagle Bridge, New York, in 1905 to run a dairy farm, Mt. Nebo, on the Hoosick River. These various homesteads, and their surrounding hamlets, farms, churches, mills, and historic sites, form the visual and symbolic framework for Grandma Moses's paintings; to these landscapes, she added people happily engaged in rural activities, whether harvesting, sugaring off maple syrup, or attending the county fair. It was not simply the charming, primitive style of her paintings - composed like patchwork quilts - but also their evocation of a simpler, bygone era that attracted her early patrons and helped catapult her into the limelight.

Grandma Moses' fame increased steadily after her 1940 inaugural exhibition at Otto Kallir's Galerie St. Etienne in New York. Kallir, a brilliant marketer who became her dealer, published Grandma Moses: American Primitive in 1946 and secured a deal for her with Hallmark, which printed a number of her paintings as greeting and Christmas cards. Her paintings have appeared in over 150 exhibitions in the United States and in five one-man shows abroad.


Grandma Moses Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
GRANDMA MOSES (American, 1860-1961) The Old Checkered House in Cambridge Valley, 1943 Oil on masonite 21-3/4 x 29-3/4
GRANDMA MOSES (American, 1860-1961)The Old Checkered House in Cambridge Valley, 1943Oil on masonite21-3/4 x 29-3/4...
Lot 73104
Auction 5118
Thursday, November 15, 2012
GRANDMA MOSES (American, 1860-1961) February, 1944 Tempera on masonite 12 x 14 inches (30.5 x 35.6 cm) Signed lower
GRANDMA MOSES (American, 1860-1961)February, 1944Tempera on masonite12 x 14 inches (30.5 x 35.6 cm)Signed lower ...
Lot 70147
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Grandma (Ann Robertson) Moses (American, 1860-1961) Home for Thanksgiving Oil on canvasboard 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 4
Grandma (Ann Robertson) Moses (American, 1860-1961)Home for ThanksgivingOil on canvasboard12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 4...
Lot 68097
Auction 5227
Monday, November 16, 2015
GRANDMA MOSES (American, 1860-1961) The Wood Road, 1947 Tempera on panel 9 x 6 inches (22.9 x 15.2 cm) Signed lower
GRANDMA MOSES (American, 1860-1961)The Wood Road, 1947Tempera on panel9 x 6 inches (22.9 x 15.2 cm)Signed lower ...
Lot 64116
Auction 5149
Thursday, December 5, 2013

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