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American Folk Artist Grandma Moses

Posted by Teena Fuller on 2/18/2014 to Historical Porcelain

Grandma Moses


Anna Mary Robertson Moses began painting at the age of 76 after her arthritic hands could no longer hold on to an embroidery needle.  She began by selling her paintings at the local drug storein Hoosick Falls, NY for $3.00.  Then one day, a New York art collector, Louis J. Caldor, drove through town and saw her folk art on display.  He immediately purchased all the paintings at the drug store and then proceeded to her home to purchase more.  


Many items that once belonged to Grandma Moses are on display at the Bennington School House Museum where they have moved Anna Moses's original childhood, one room, school house. On display are some of her art supplies, her childhood porcelain tea set, a favorite doll, a hand painted table top and several of her folk art paintings. 


At the time of Anna Mary's death, her paintings were in over 9 museums in Paris, London, Vienna, and the United States.  She is famous for painting bright colored folk art in the way she remembered her home town and favorite homes. One of her most famous pieces is the Checkered House which served as the British Army Officer Headquarters in the War of Independence of 1777.

For more information about Grandma Moses, check out these web sites:
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0907.html
http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/collections.html