If Only the Past Had Been So Bright
Title: “If Only The Past Had Been So Bright”
Miss Alice was a progressive lady who judged people by the content of their character, not their race, social status, wealth, or poverty. For those who remember segregated days, they’ll notice her paintings always include behaviors that typically did not happen in the segregated South; i.e., a black and white child sharing a watermelon, or a black lady walking her child and a white child together.
This painting captures people in their daily chores, sense of community was strong and many fondly remember their childhoods of that time. Miss Alice believed much of the stress people feel today comes from their lost sense of connectedness to roots and community.
That said, Miss Alice titled this painting to explicitly make clear to younger people that her paintings were not a celebration of the past, but a tribute to those people, black and white, who not only endured those injustices, but who prevailed over them.
Available print is 10×16 and will arrive unmatted in cardboard tube.
Original is currently on display at the Museum.
Miss Alice’s son, Tim Moseley, bought this painting from a lady who drove up to Miss Alice’s studio with the painting in her trunk. She had worked at the Plantation Restaurant in Batesville, MS which had been decorated with approximately 30 paintings by Miss Alice.