"Georgia Red Clay" by Nell Choate Jones

Nell Choate Jones (1879–1981)
Georgia Red Clay
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches
Museum purchase; 1989.01.094

Georgia Red Clay captures the vibrant color of Georgia's landscape. Yet, the serpentine clay road, the twisted tree trunks, and the wavy shrubbery do not seem entirely characteristic of a Georgia scene. In this image, Nell Choate Jones has adopted an expressionistic style of painting, exaggerating colors and shapes and employing thick, visible brushstrokes to increase the intensity of an otherwise calm, solitary scene.

Born in Hawkinsville, Georgia, Jones, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, returned to Georgia after years of studying and painting in New York and Europe. The trip to Georgia inspired the artist to extend her subject matter from scenes of Europe and Brooklyn to images of her native South.