Helen La France (American/Kentucky, b. 1919) oil on canvas landscape painting depicting a woman doing laundry in tubs on the porch of a rural house while chickens and chicks peck the ground below, and another figure works in a fenced side yard. Brightly patterned quilts hang on clothes lines in the foreground, and clouds dot the blue sky in the background. Signed lower right, “Helen LaFrance.” Written en verso, on stretcher: “June 1999” and “Mrs. Hough.” There is also an address label en verso of frame for Humphries Studio, Hopkinsville, KY. 17 1/2″ x 23 1/2″ sight, 21 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ in stained molded wood frame. Provenance: Private Middle TN collection. CONDITION: A few scattered miniscule flakes to purple paint on purple/white quilt at lower left, otherwise excellent condition. A piece of masking tape en verso of canvas does not appear to correspond to any condition issues on the front of the canvas.
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