Pruning Time

  • Jennie Cell, Pruning Time, ca. 1955, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Mundis, 1972.55.2

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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.
Pruning Time
ca. 1955
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Not on view.
16 1/2 x 28 1/8 in. (42.0 x 71.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Mundis

Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
  • Landscape – orchard
  • Occupation – domestic – gardening
  • Figure group – male
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