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Helen LaFrance (Kentucky, born 1919) oil on canvas painting depicting an outdoor African-American country church scene. Signed and dated -98, lower right. Housed in a gilded contemporary frame. Sight – 15″ H x 19″ W. Framed – 24 1/2″ H x 28 1/2″ W. American, late 20th century. Biography (courtesy “Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories” by Kathy Moses): 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. CONDITION: Excellent condition.