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Helen LaFrance Painting, Plantation House

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1990: item # 1208640

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Helen LaFrance Painting, Plantation House

This marvelous memory painting by folk/outsider artist (Kentucky 1919) is entitled "Plantation House." The signed painting is oil on canvas and the dimensions are 19 1/2 x 25 inches. It comes in a contemporary wood frame. The delightful color of the bushes outside this stunning home are what bring life and vibrancy to this panting. it makes you want to live there. 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 canvas. 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 reference book, "Outsider Art of the South", published by Schiffer Ltd. This painting also has a full page illustration on page 103 of "Helen LaFrance: Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses with Bruce Shelton; with over 200 photos, it is also available through Shelton Gallery for $45 shipped.

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