Two Oxen in Winter Four Legs by Maud Lewis

Medium
Oil on Board
Size
13.5 × 11.8 inches
34.3 × 29.8 cm
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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 limited use of perspective, Lewis's paintings charm viewers with winter landscapes and sleighs, deer in the forest, oxen and cats. Here Lewis has depicted two oxen, festooned in chain and yoked together. Placed centrally in this intimate painting, the animals are framed by green pines on a white wintry ground with a strip of light blue sky above. Four legs are showing for each animal. Framed dimensions are 14.5 x 16.5 inches. 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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