Canadian Mosaic: Maud Lewis

Beaverbrook Art GalleryMay 31, 20170 Comments

Canadian Mosaic: Maud Lewis


Born in Yarmouth, NS in 1903, Maud Lewis is one of the most celebrated Canadian folk artists. Lewis is known for the outdoor scenes which she painted, often depicting wildlife and day-to-day tasks in limited but candidly charming detail, a common feature of some folk art painting. Works such as Two Oxen (date unknown), included in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s new exhibition Canadian Mosaic, epitomize the art which Lewis became known for during the late 1940s and 1950s. During this time, Lewis painted hundreds of works and sold them to tourists outside of her Digby, NS home. Although she struggled with severe arthritis, which became worse with age, Lewis painted up until her death in 1970.

Examples of her work are included in many of the major public collections in Canada including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where the Maud Lewis house is kept. Her life has been the subject of numerous books and film documentaries. Most recently, however, her life was the subject of the 2016 feature film Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins as Maud Lewis.

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