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Helen La France (Kentucky, 1919-2020) large oil on canvas landscape painting depicting an African American congregation gathering for a Church Picnic, with automobiles parked in front of a church and horse and buggy approaching lower left; a table is being spread in the background, while little girls play a circle game in the right foreground. Signed "Helen La France" lower right. Molded stained wood frame with Lyzon, Nashville frame label en verso. Sight: 15 1/2 "H x 29 1/2" W. Framed: 21" H x 35" W. Provenance: Private Tennessee collection, acquired by consignor's parents directly from the artist. Biography: "Self-taught African American artist Helen LaFrance was born on a Kentucky farm and began painting in her 40s. She is known for her "memory paintings" drawn from her recollections of life growing up in the rural South. Several museums and private collectors, including Oprah Winfrey, own examples of her work." (Source: "Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses). Helen LaFrance died November 22, 2020 in a Mayfield, Kentucky nursing home at the age of 101. Condition: Overall excellent condition. Tiny spot of trapped debris or cluster of dried paint on limb of center tree. A few minor abrasions to frame.