Wenonah Day Bell spent most of her childhood and the later years of her life in rural Georgia, where she frequently found artistic inspiration in the life and labor of Southern farms. After graduating from Brenau College, she pursued advanced training at the University of Pennsylvania and the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as leading academies in France, Germany, and Italy. For nearly thirty years, she lived in New York, teaching at the Parsons School of Design.
This work of an unidentified peach shed reflects Bell’s preference for genre scenes executed in a warm palette and modern sensibility. The inscription on the verso of the painting identifies the location as a Spartanburg County operation, but no details are given regarding the prominent B logo displayed on the fruit crates.