Sleigh In Winter by Maud Lewis

Oil on Board
12 × 12 inches
30.5 × 30.5 cm
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A red sleigh with yellow fringe drawn towards town by two brown horses along a wintry road is framed by two tall bare trees in this 12 inch square oil landscape on board. The snow topped yellow houses, white church and evergreens articulate the rising landscape that meets a clear blue sky. Referred to as folk art, Maud Lewis’s paintings are irrepressibly joyful and depict her surroundings with humor and affection. Created in bright, solid colors with a flattened picture plane and limited use of perspective, Lewis's paintings charm viewers with such subjects as winter landscapes with sleighs, deer in forest, oxen and her cats both wide eyed or frowning. Towards the end of her life, Lewis gained celebrity thanks to a 1965 CBC documentary and a feature in the Toronto Star newspaper. 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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