“Fourth of July” by Grandma Moses

This painting, “The Fourth of July,” was created by the wonderful American folk artist called Grandma Moses (real name: Anna Mary Robertson Moses).

Born  in 1860 in upstate NY, she lived with her husband on a farm in Virginia, and gave birth to 10 children. She began painting in the late 1930’s (do the math)! In 1950, the National Press Club cited her as one of the five most newsworthy women and the National Association of House Dress Manufacturers honored her as their 1951 Woman of the Year. At age 88, Mademoiselle magazine named Grandma Moses a “Young Woman of the Year”. Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art awarded her its first honorary doctorate degree.

She passed away in 1961 – she was 101 years old. Her art career proves that age is no hindrance to creativity and that there is no expiration date on dreams.

Happy Independence Day!


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