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Mattie in the Morning Glories

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Mattie in the Morning Glories

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Mattie Lou O'Kelley
American, 1908–1997

Date

1992

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1996.30

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Although she is best known for her memory paintings, Mattie Lou O’Kelley often painted subjects from life. This is the eighty-four-year-old artist’s matter-of-fact representation of herself. The composition’s symmetrical, flattened forms and the subject’s rigid pose and solemn expression evoke the work of the limner painters, self-taught portraitists of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. Assisted by the figure’s geometric simplicity, the trio of astringent green, pink, and yellow disrupts what might otherwise be a cloying scene.

Credit

T. Marshall Hahn Collection

Image Copyright

(c) Mattie Lou O'Kelley Memorial Trust