The Grandmother of Modern Art
From SeniorArtist.com - - Written by Jeremy Rowland
"Anna Mary Robertson Moses, more commonly and affectionately known as “Grandma Moses,” captured the attention of the world with her folk art depicting rural America. Moses’ work has inspired everything from postage stamps to the character of “Granny” in the 1960s television classic, The Beverly Hillbillies.
Possibly more celebrated than her art is the age at which she first picked up a paintbrush. When arthritis made it nearly impossible for Anna Mary to continue her beloved embroidery work, her sister suggested that she give painting a try. Then in her late 70s, Moses picked up a paintbrush and began painting some of the most revered works of the 20th century.
Recognition came slowly, however. Anna Mary began by giving her paintings away to friends and family or by selling them for $2 to $3 dollars at the local fair. It wasn’t until engineer and art collector Louis J. Caldor saw her paintings in a drugstore window that her work began to garner attention outside her own community. As he passed through Moses’ hometown of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Caldor fell in love with her art and, much to the surprise of Anna Mary and her family, began buying her works en masse . . . "
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