Grandma Moses is a self taught or primitive artist. Born in Greenwich, New York in 1860, Anna Robertson was best known by her friends and family as Grandma Moses. She did not begin seriously painting until she was well into her 70’s, prior to which her work consisted of embroidered compositions. Grandma Moses painted mostly scenes depicting her rural life in New England. Her first painting Fireboard, circa 1918, currently resides at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont.
Grandma Moses’ popularity surged in the 1950’s with sell out exhibitions and numerous awards and commendations all over the world. In the 2001 publication ‘Grandma Moses in the Twenty-First Century’, art historian Judith Stein noted Grandma Moses as “A cultural icon, the spry, productive nonagenarian was continually cited as an inspiration for housewives, widows and retirees. Her images of America’s rural past were transferred to curtains, dresses, cookie jars, and dinner ware, and used to pitch cigarettes, cameras, lipstick and instant coffee.”
She was loved and respected by all. A U.S. commemorative stamp was even issued in her honor in 1969 and friend and fellow artist Norman Rockwell depicted her on the far left edge of his painting ‘Christmas Homecoming’. Shortly before Grandma Moses’ death at the age of 101, as an homage to her, the character Granny on the popular 1960s rural comedy television series ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ was named Daisy Moses.