This week 159 years ago, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, nicknamed “Grandma Moses”, was born. She was a self-taught American folk artist that began painting at the age of 76.

Moses lived as a farmer’s wife where she had 10 children and enjoyed embroidering scenes of the farm life. At age 76, her arthritis forced her towards a new hobby – painting.

Her paintings are known for their nostalgia and depicting her happy childhood memories of farm life with no signs of industrialization and machinery. She exhibited her work professionally where they became immensely popular.

Moses proved that artists can become successful even at the late stages in their life. In her career, she completed over 1,500 paintings before her death in 1961 at age 101.





  • Grandma Moses – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • Out for Christmas Trees by Grandma Roses – Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Grandma Moses donating her painting – Library of Congress, photo by Roger Higgins



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