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Summer Fine Art and Antique Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 9, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 206

Bernice Sims O/C Painting, Bath Time

Estimate: $600 - $700

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Bernice Sims (Alabama/Louisiana, 1926-2014) oil on canvas painting depicting an interior scene with one woman giving children a bath while another tends a wood stove and a male figure walks toward a table laden with food. Signed "B Sims" lower left. Unframed. 15" H x 30" W. Biography: Bernice Sims was born in rural Alabama in 1926 and resided there her entire life. It was not until she decided to enroll in community college, after raising six children, that she was encouraged by a professor to explore her artistic talent, and turned to painting. Her works are characterized by bright colors, renderings of childhood memories, and, as she grew older, focused on the social and racial injustice amidst the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. In 2005, her work depicting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Al, was issued on a postage stamp to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Note: a copy of a photograph of Sims with the consignor is available to the winning bidder.

The personal collection of former Folk/Outsider Art dealer Jamie Teal, Nashville, Tennessee; acquired directly from the artist.


Overall very good condition; some spotting, flaking, and smudging at outermost corners/edges, 1 tiny flake upper left on ceiling; 1" whitish streak lower left quadrant.