Sleighs in Winter Maud Lewis

Mixed Media
12 × 14 inches
30.5 × 35.6 cm

About the Work

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 three wide eyed, black cats. Here Lewis has depicted two sleighs in a multi-season landscape -- in the distance are snow covered and green hills around a lake while the mid ground is framed by trees and a church next to yellow and red houses. The pale red of the houses Lewis created using a laundry stick, a medium typical of her later works. Painted the year before her death, this sparse work reflects the pain and constraint Lewis suffered as her arthritis progressed. 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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