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Grandma Moses

  • What a strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, the other forward. The one is of today, the other is of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • Someone has asked me to paint Biblical pictures, and I say no, I'll not paint something that we know nothing about, might just as well paint something that will happen two thousand years hence.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • I like to paint something that leads me on and on into the unknown, something that I want to see away on beyond ...

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • Life is what we make it. Always has been. Always will be.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • I have written my life in small sketches, a little today, a little yesterday, as I have thought of it, as I remember all the things from childhood on through the years, good ones and unpleasant ones, that is how they come out and that is how we have to take them.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Otto Kallir, ed., My Life's History ()
  • A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in Artmagazine ()
  • I paint from the top down. First the sky, then the mountains, then the hills, then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people.

    • Grandma Moses,
    • in The New Yorker ()

Grandma Moses, U.S. painter

(1860 - 1961)

Full name: Anna Mary “Sissy” Robertson Moses.