Fireside in Virginia

Fireside in Virginia
In this painting, the artist's husband Brack has fallen asleep in his easy chair on a cold November afternoon while two girls warm themselves by the fire. Queena Stovall explained this picture in a 1974 interview: Standin' in front of the fire is an old Virginia custom. It was the first place people went in cold weather, to warm themselves and catch up on the latest talk. In this particular instance, Judy [the artist's daughter] and Mary Massey are standin' in front of the fire sharin' the latest news. Well, Mary Massey always had real fine legs and there she is in the picture, liftin' her dress to warm her legs. Born Emma Serena Dillard, Stovall began painting in 1949 at the age of 62, after taking an art course at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Over the next 31 years, she painted about 50 works documenting the lives of her family, friends, and neighbors.
Physical dimensions: 
depth 1.75 in ; height 23.25 in ; width 29.25 in