Today is the 151st birthday of Grandma Moses (1860-1961), the popular American folk artist who began painting in her 70s.
Moses’ paintings were first discovered by art collector Louis Caldor who bought her paintings after seeing them in a drugstore window whilst on holiday in Hoosick Falls, New York. He loved them so much he apparently went to Moses’ farm the next day and bought all of her works.
In October 1939, Moses’ paintings appeared at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s “Contemporary Unknown Painters” exhibit and in 1940, at the age of 80, Moses held her first solo exhibition. By 1943 Moses’ paintings were highly sought after.
Moses’ painting “The Old Checkered House, 1862” was featured on The Antiques Roadshow in Memphis in 2004. Originally bought for just $10, the painting was valued at $60,000 by Alan Fausel.
So happy birthday, Grandma Moses!