Skiers Maud Lewis

Medium
Oil on Panel
Size
11.5 × 14 inches
29.21 × 35.56 cm
Framed Size
21 × 23 inches
53.34 × 58.42 cm

This charming oil painting by Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia's famous folk artist is set in a wintery landscape. Lewis is renowned for her colourful paintings of everyday life in the little seaside village of Digby. Her signature vivid colours often came from the dregs of paint cans used by the local fisherman to paint their boats. The sky-blue waters of the cove are framed by green fir trees, a bright red barn and sunshine-coloured houses dot the countryside. In the foreground, two skiers, arms wide open whiz down a snow-covered hill. In spite of 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, the oxen festooned with bells and more. Maud painted on whatever surface was available including clam shells, coffee cans and the walls of her tiny home. 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. She 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.

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