Covered Bridge In Winter

More Works By Maud Lewis Oil on Board
11.75 × 14 in 29.85 × 35.56 cm
21.25 × 23 in 53.98 × 58.42 cm

About Covered Bridge In Winter

This charming winter scene—horse drawn sleighs dashing through the snow, crossing a frozen river by way of a covered bridge, a line of colourful homes, a church framed by a forest captures Nova Scotia as only Maud Lewis could. The remarkable work of Canada’s beloved folk artist is rendered in her trademark bright colours--red, turquoise, bright yellow, forest green and brown. Despite the hardships of poverty and advancing arthritis, Maud was able to create a body of cheerful paintings that belied her situation – the fluffy white and black cats, the jaunty sleighs on wintery roads, the oxen festooned with bells and more. The self-taught artist painted on whatever surface was available including clam shells, dustpans, and the walls of her tiny home.

“I imagine and paint from memory. I don’t copy much…just have to guess my work up.” Maud Lewis

The house she shared with her husband was restored and is on permanent exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Her artwork is held there and in the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Maud Lewis is the subject of several biographies and two National Film Board of Canada documentaries. In 2017, a biopic of Maud's life titled "Maudie" was released starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.