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Grandma Moses

Artist
Kristin Helberg, born 1948
Sitter
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, 7 Sep 1860 - 13 Dec 1961
Date
1996
Type
Painting
Medium
Acrylic on canvas attached to board
Dimensions
Stretcher: 50.8 x 40.6cm (20 x 16")
Frame: 62.9 x 52.7 x 3.2cm (24 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 1 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Kristin Helberg
Restrictions & Rights
©1996 Kristin Helberg
Object number
NPG.2011.57
Exhibition Label
Born Washington County, New York
For most of Anna Moses’s life, working the family farm in Eagle Bridge, New York, had been the central activity of her existence. By the 1930s she had retired from her duties and took up painting. Moses created pictures depicting idyllic scenes of her rural past, and the flat quality of her artworks embodied a charm capable of winning over sophisticated viewers. By 1940, the art world was coming to know the artist known as Grandma Moses, and she would become one of America’s best-loved painters.
Kristin Helberg, also a self-taught American folk artist, painted this portrait as a personal tribute to Moses. She based it loosely on a photograph showing the artist at work at her decorated tip-up table. Helberg also made the vinegar-grained frame.
Provenance
The artist; gift to NPG 2011
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Maryland\Baltimore