HELEN LAFRANCE/VISIONARY WOMAN&BEAST/ BK OF REVELATIONS
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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 2000: item # 1118077
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Shelton Gallery and Fine Silver
5133 Harding Road B-10, PMB #392
Nashville TN 37205
|This rare visionary painting by well known folk/outsider artist Helen LaFrance depicts the woman and the beast from the Book of Revelations chapter 17, where the woman in finely dressed in purple and jewels and beholds a goblet filled with potion fueled to battle the beast. Painted in 1993, the signed oil on canvas is one of a handful of visionary paintings illustrating bible verses by LaFrance. Her visionary paintings are a sharp departure from her memory paintings and have never come up again. Dimensions are 30 x 40 sight size. It comes in a contemporary wood frame. Helen LaFrance is a self-taught black artist who was born in 1919 Western Kentucky. Her specialty is memory paintings of the disappearing lifestyle of the rural South, although she has painted religious themes and floral studies, usually in oil on convas. She has painted since she was a small child, always following her mother's wisdom to "paint what you know." Not limited to two-dimensional media, she used to carve wooden animal sculptures and dolls and made wonderful quilts in addition to her memory paintings. LaFrance's work is held in many private collections, including Bryant Gumble and contemporary artist Red Grooms, and museums throughout the United States. She is featured in a chapter of Kathy Moses' definitive regference book, "Outsider Art of the South", published by Schiffer Ltd. This painting is also featured on page 170 of "Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses with Bruce Shelton.|