Helen LaFrance (Kentucky, born 1919) oil on canvas painting titled “Laundry Day,” landscape depicting two quilts hanging on a clothes line and a woman stiring the contents of a large kettle. Signed and dated “78” lower right. Exhibition label with title and medium and label with alternate title “On the Farm”, en verso (exhibited, Tennessee State Museum, “Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories,” July 1-August 12, 2012). Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sight – 21 1/2″ H x 27 1/2″ W. Framed – 24 3/4″ H x 30 3/4″ W. American, late 20th century. Alternate spelling: Helen La France. Biography: “Self-taught African American artist Helen La France 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). CONDITION: Overall excellent condition.
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