Grandma Moses (1860-1961)

"The Old Checkered House"

Oil on board

35 3/4 x 45 in.

Painted in 1944


Collection of Mrs. Ala Story, Santa Barbara, California, 1944 (acquired directly from the artist)


Otto Kallir, ed., "Grandma Moses American Primitive", New York, 1946, pl. 3, illustrated in color

"Book of the Month Club News", June, 1953, illustrated on the cover

Otto Kallir, "Grandma Moses", New York, 1973, no. 387, p. 294, illustrated


Santa Barbara, California, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, "Grandma Moses", August, 1957, no. 581.57

New York, The Galerie St. Etienne, "Grandma Moses", November-January, 1990

Heather James Fine Art is pleased to offer this exquisite painting by Grandma Moses (1860-1961). Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses was a true primitive painter who did not begin to paint until later years. She was born in September of 1860 in Greenwich, upstate New York and lived in a farming community all of her long life. Here she painted scenes familiar to her. She painted prolifically until her death in 1961. Grandma Moses’s paintings were used to publicize numerous American holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day. During the 1950s, Grandma Moses’s exhibitions were so popular that they broke attendance records all over the world. Moses’s paintings were reproduced on Christmas cards, tiles and fabrics in America and abroad. President Harry S. Truman presented her with the Women’s National Press Club trophy Award for outstanding accomplishment in art in 1949. In 1952, she published her autobiography titled Grandma Moses: My Life’s History.

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