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December 13, 1961 marks the death of Anna Mary Robertson who became famous as “Grandma Moses.”  She was 101 years old.  Born on September 7, 1860, she began painting in her 70s.  Her nostalgic depictions of rural American life became internationally recognized and remain popular today.

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GRANDMA MOSES (1860–1961) Hoosick Falls in Winter, 1944

GRANDMA MOSES (1860–1961) Hoosick Falls in Winter, 1944

The Burning of Troy in 1862 - Grandma Moses. Artist: Grandma Moses

The Burning of Troy in 1862 – Grandma Moses. Artist: Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses, “The Pond

Grandma Moses, “The Pond

The Old Checkered House - Grandma Moses

The Old Checkered House by Grandma Moses was appraised at the Memphis 2004 Antiques Roadshow. The painting was a summer scene in Geneva, New York, not as common as her winter landscapes. Originally purchased in the 1940s for under $10, the piece was assigned an insurance value of $60,000 by the appraiser, Alan Fausel.

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 for which she was well-known.

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 for which she was well-known.

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4 responses

  1. Sheryl says:

    Grandma Moses is one of my heroes (or maybe it’s heroines). It’s awesome how she began painting in her 70s.

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  2. Christin says:

    Don’t you mean she died in 1961?

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