Helen LaFrance (Kentucky, born 1919) oil on canvas painting titled “The General Store”, landscape depicting figures in early automobiles and horse drawn buggies in front of a General Store. Signed lower right. Titled, en verso. Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sight – 18″ H x 24″ W. Framed – 19 3/8″ H x 25 1/2″ W. American, late 20th century. 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. Now nearly 100 years old, she resides in a Kentucky nursing home”. (Source: “Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories” by Kathy Moses). Alternate spelling: Helen La France. CONDITION: Overall excellent condition.
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