Portrait of White Cat & Framed Envelope by Maud Lewis

Year
1967
Medium
Oil on Board
Size
14 × 12 inches
35.6 × 30.5 cm
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About the Work

A white cat on a crimson ground is framed by pink, yellow and black butterflies in this delightful portrait by Maud Lewis. Accompanying this painting is a framed envelope. Written by Maud Lewis, this addressed envelope and a letter were sent to art collector Mr. Griffin in April 1967. In the letter, Maud informs Mr. Griffin that the two paintings he asked for are ready. When Mr. Griffin arrived at Maud’s home to pick up the paintings, she offered him a third painting, Portrait of a White Cat. He purchased all three. The letter that was in this envelope was sold with one of the three paintings purchased that day by Mr. Griffin (an image of the letter is available). The post office date stamp on this envelope provides a date for all three paintings. Envelope dimensions: 3.5 x 6 inches unframed 13 x 14.5 inches framed Maud Lewis’s paintings are joyful and depict her surroundings with humor and affection. Created in bright, solid colors with a limited use of perspective, Lewis's paintings delight viewers with such subjects as winter landscapes with sleighs, deer in forest, oxen and cats both wide eyed and frowning. Towards the end of her life, a 1965 CBC documentary and a feature in the Toronto Star newspaper gave Lewis national celebrity. Most recently, a feature film based on her life, "Maudie", was released in the spring 2017. Starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, the film captures the essence of Lewis's constrained life and the paintings that allowed her imagination to escape its confines.

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