Art: Perpetual Blue

By the time he died at 71 in 1955, Harold Osman (H.O.) Kelly had won a strange sort of fame for a man who was called by the nickname, "Cowboy." People came from far and wide to visit him at his rickety little house outside Blanket, Texas. They would listen to him reminisce, sit while his ancient phonograph scratched a favorite polka. But mostly they came to buy one of his bright and lively paintings of an oddly remote Old West (see color). Sometimes the old man gave them away as gifts—and fine presents...

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