Moses, Grandma

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Moses, Grandma Gender: F
Robertson, Anna Mary
born on 7 September 1860 at 15:58 (= 3:58 PM )
Place Greenwich, New York, 43n05, 73w30
Timezone LMT m73w30 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°24' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°25 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 23°14'

Grandma Moses


American artist best remembered as "Grandma Moses." Robertson began her career as a primitive artist at the age of 78. She published her autobiography, "My Life's History" in 1952 when she was 92.

Anna grew up, the eldest of ten kids, on her parents' flax farm and at age 12 went to work as a hired girl. As a young girl she longed to paint but the circumstances of her environment were not supportive. At 27, she married Thomas Salmon Moses and over the years gave birth to ten kids; five of whom survived. She helped her husband with their farm. Her art was expressed through the practical form of home quilts and embroidery and she made "yarn paintings," a type of embroidery using thick, layered yarn. When her fingers became too stiff to use a needle, she began to paint scenes of country life on panels of masonite, using old house paints from the barn, never having had a lesson. Her style was simple and original, rural scenes in gay colors that portrayed the American heritage.

In 1938, she was showing her paintings in the local drugstore; the following year three were selected for inclusion in "Contemporary Unknown Painters," a show in New York's Museum of Modern Art. This was followed by a solo show at a New York Gallery.

Her paintings are now noted works of art and sell for large amounts of money.

Robertson died at 101, 12/13/1961, Hoosick Falls, NY.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : New Career 1952 (Began painting, age 78)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1952 (Autobiography published, age 92)

Source Notes

Tucker quotes her in Research Quarterly (Vol 4, 1961).


  • Traits : Body : Constitution hardy (Ten children, farm life)
  • Traits : Personality : Unique
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One lengthy marriage)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Chronic misery (Death of five children)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Ten, five survived)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Retirement circumstances (Started artistry in late quarter of life)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Home centered
  • Lifestyle : Home : Neighborhood (Farm)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 101)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Primitive artist of unique skill)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Misc. : Crafts (Quilts, embroidery of historic lifestyle)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Homemaker/Care provider (Farm wife)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women