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Oconolufty [Oconaluftee]

Oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 32 1/4 inches
Circa 1920

As published in: Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

As exhibited in: Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection, 2015–2018, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; McKissick Museum of Art at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia; Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

A Chicago artist of German descent, Rudolph Ingerle first visited the Great Smoky Mountains in 1926. He exhibited paintings with titles referring to specific locales, like Oconolufty—a name that reflects the Cherokee heritage of the area. 

Ingerle described his reaction to his first encounter with the Smoky Mountains as “love at first sight. . . . The Smokies have enduring charm. Having seen them once they lure you back again and again. I love them, and they just keep a callin’ ‘Come Back, Come Back,’ and it makes me mighty lonesome for them.”

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