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Farm Scene

1975 Mattie Lou O'Kelley Born: Maysville, Georgia 1908 Died: Decatur, Georgia 1997 oil on canvas 24 x 36 1/4 in. (61.0 x 92.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1998.84.28 Not currently on view

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Mattie Lou O'Kelley painted images inspired by her memories of growing up on a Georgia farm. She created colorful scenes in which the sun is always shining, the people are happy, and the crops are plentiful. O'Kelley left school when she was still young to help on the family farm. Although life was difficult, she chose only to highlight the good memories in her paintings. The perfectly shaped hills, trees, and clouds in Farm Scene create a landscape that is too good to be true.


Animal - bird - chicken

Animal - cattle

Animal - dog

Architecture Exterior - domestic - farmhouse

Architecture Exterior - farm - barn

Figure group

Landscape - farm


folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas