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Artist of the moment……Grandma Moses….

The artist was born on September the seventh in the year 1860 on a farm in Greenwich, New York.

In an era where Life magazine was the leader in its industry, the magazine featured her on its September 19th cover in 1960 in celebration of her one hundredth birthday!

When I think of Grandma Moses I am reminded of going to the shed and bringing in Christmas lights and decorations. Marketers used her work to advertise the major holidays. She painted wonderful winter scenes with children skating about a new coat of fresh fallen snow.

As you can guess she was highly successful as a commercial artist. Some items that bore her artwork were cigarettes, lipstick, curtains, cookie jars, and dinner ware.

Grandma Moses also won women of the year award from magazines and even manufacturers.

Grandma Moses collection of artwork below set to music.

She came from a family of ten children.  She didn’t marry until the age of  twenty seven, but Moses herself had ten children, but five of them died as infants.  She married a hired hand of the farm. The couple moved to Virginia and started their own farm. Her husband died in the mid 1920s and one of her sons helped her to run the farm. She remained on the farm until old age forced to move in with her daughter in 1936.

When living on a farm you have much down time in which to create things like clothes and paintings. Grandma Moses as a young mother used to embroider. Her pieces were very well received and admird by friends and family. As the artist grew older and hit the age of seventy, Moses developed arthritis and gave up embroidery. A friend suggested she start painting. Thus, a new career and star in the art world was born!  Moses herself said she started painting to make a gift for the postman that was easier to make than embroidery.

The artist was very prolific as a an artist producing more than 1,600 paintings in little more than three decades time.

If this artist isn’t incredible for her life story, she also has quite a story on being discovered. When she first started out she sold her paintings for $2 for a smaller work and $3 for a large painting. An art collector was driving through a city and saw somenworks for sale in a drug store. He bought them all! He then went to the house of Grandma Moses and purchased ten additional works.

The year 1939 she was included in a show about unknown American painters. She gained worldwide critical acclaim over the next couple of years and was highly collected in the art markets outside of the United States.

Moses has a book about her lifestyle titled “Grandma Moses, My Life’s History.”

Grandma Moses passed away in 1961 at the young age of 101 years old!

High price range:  $1.2 million for a work in oils at auction.

low price range: Many prints such as greeting cards available for less than $50.