ca. 1955 Jennie Cell Born: Charleston, Illinois 1905 Died: Charleston, Illinois 1988 oil on fiberboard 16 1/2 x 28 1/8 in. (42.0 x 71.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Mundis 1972.55.2 Not currently on view
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Jennie Cell painted simple scenes of everyday life inspired by her childhood on a farm. In Butchering Day a group of people clean, dry, cut, and cook meat, and in Pruning Time, men trim dead branches from the trees to encourage new growth. Cell emphasized the collective spirit of activities like these, which required many hands and were occasions for friends and neighbors to help one another. The bare trees and dull colors hint at the bleakness of farm life, but the cheerful workers suggest that Cell's family supported each other through the hard times.
Figure group - male
Landscape - orchard
Occupation - domestic - gardening
paint - oil