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Question: What American artist began to paint at age 75?

Answer: Grandma Moses

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Grandma Moses, born Anna Mary Robertson, was born in 1860. She died in 1961 at 101 years old. She started to paint after her husband, Robert Moses died in 1927. She painted rural scenes, mostly from her earliest memories. She was well known and many of her works have been used on Christmas Cards and decorative plates.

Her lifetime spanned from the Civil war through the Korean war, from horse and buggy to jet airplanes. She was an American Folk artist who appealed to the public's nostalgia for a happier time.