Two (2) small Helen La France (American/Kentucky, 1919-2020) oil on canvas paintings, both depicting houses next to quilts on clothes lines in a landscape setting beneath a cloudy blue sky, with groups of children playing "ring around the rosie" in the foreground. One signed "Helen La France" lower right. Both housed in white painted wooden frames with foliate running patterns and off white linen liners. Sights ranging in size from 4 3/4" H x 6 3/4" W to 6 3/4" H x 4 3/4" W.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 in a Mayfield, Kentucky nursing home at the age of 101. Provenance: Private Mississippi collection, acquired by consignor's mother directly from the artist. CONDITION: Both items in overall good condition with few surface scuffs. One with minute errant white paint marks to house and sky quadrant.
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