Two Oxen in Winter Maud Lewis

Oil on Board
11.8 × 11.8 inches
29.8 × 29.8 cm

About the Work

Referred to as a 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 oxen yoked together. One looks furtively at the other. Placed centrally in this intimate painting, the animals are framed by green pines on a white wintery ground. It is typical of Lewis's work that they would only have three legs showing. This is an early Lewis, painted prior to her being significantly challenged by the progression of her disease. It was included in the 1997 retrospective exhibition that toured Canada. Maudie, a film based on the life of Maud Lewis was released in the spring of 2017. Starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, it captures the essence of her constrained life, and the paintings that allowed her imagination to escape its confines.

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