Helen La France (Kentucky, 1919-2020) oil on canvas painting depicting a tiger in repose against a mottled yellow background. Signed "Helen La France" lower right. Housed in an ebonzied frame. Sight: 23 1/2" H x 29 1/2" W. Framed: 25 1/2" H x 31 1/4" 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, 2020 in a Mayfield, Kentucky nursing home at the age of 101. For examples of other Helen LaFrance paintings depicting African themed subjects, see lot #204 in our Jan. 2022 auction and lot #105 in our Oct. 2021 auction.
Acquired directly from the artist by one of her early patrons.
Overall very good condition.