White Cat with Black Tail by Maud Lewis

Oil on Board
10.75 × 13.75 inches
27.31 × 34.93 cm
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A white cat with a black tail and ears sits in a bed of tulips in this charming oil by folk artist Maud Lewis. Two flowering branches in pink and white frame the little cat below a light blue sky. This work is framed and without glass. Maud Lewis’s paintings are joyful and depict her surroundings with humor and affection. Created in bright, solid colors with a limited use of perspective, Lewis's paintings delight viewers with such subjects as winter landscapes with sleighs, deer in forest, oxen and cats both wide eyed and frowning. Towards the end of her life, a 1965 CBC documentary and a feature in the Toronto Star newspaper gave Lewis national celebrity. 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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