Merritt Mauzey ( American, 1898 - 1973 )

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General Description

In Neighbors, Merritt Mauzey contrasts the farming practices that co-existed in the 1930s as older methods slowly gave way to new and more efficient approaches. Here, each man applies his method to plowing under the remains of last year’s cotton crop. The artist also offers a comparison of the economic capacities of the neighboring farmers. The fence is a gentle dividing line between the larger, impressive home and barn at left, and the small, humbly rough-hewn buildings at right. The church seen on the horizon just left of center is possibly the only “common ground” shared by these two tillers of the soil.

Adapted from

Sue Canterbury, Label text, 2013.