Grandma Moses

(1860-1961)

Grandma Moses was a self-taught, American female Folk artist who achieved iconic status with her work. She spent 18 years of her life as a farmwife, raising 5 children before beginning her career as an artist. After husband's death in 1927, Moses began to paint full-time, exhibiting canvases of country scenes with activities and fairs. The paintings were typically bright colored, well-organized compositions depicting a simple and nostalgic way of life. Later, in the 1940s, her work showed more rolling hills with small figures engaged in activity. Moses' career was publicly launched in 1939 after an exhibit in the local drugstore window, which was brought to the attention of the director of Galerie St. Etienne, NYC. Moses began to show and sell work through the director and made over 1,000 paintings in all. She would work in batches as to complete up to five paintings in a week. She also did work in tile and yarn after her eyesight began to deteriorate. Grandma Moses died at the age of 101.