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Mattie Lou O'Kelley
Farm Scene
1975
oil
24 x 36 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.



After retiring at age sixty from a mop-yarn mill, O'Kelley began painting nostalgic scenes of her childhood on a farm in Maysville, Georgia. In this lush summer setting, O'Kelley shows children playing and a woman collecting mail, while other family members pursue the daily activities of rural life. Chairs set under a tree await their leisure moments.