Mattie Lou O'Kelley, Farm Scene, 1975, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.28
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.
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24 x 36 1/4 in. (61.0 x 92.1 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
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- Landscape – farm
- Animal – dog
- Animal – bird – chicken
- Animal – cattle
- Architecture Exterior – domestic – farmhouse
- Architecture Exterior – farm – barn
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