(1901 - 1970)


Maud LewisMaud Lewis was born in Yarmouth County, and endured many hardships in her early life. As a teenager, she started to experience deformities of her face and hands as a result of a childhood disease. Maud married Everett Lewis, and together they lived in a small one room house with sleeping loft, without benefit of electricity or plumbing. Although she suffered from physical handicaps, she made hand drawn Christmas cards and later, small brightly coloured paintings, which she sold to help overcome their poverty. She also painted birds, flowers and butterflies on various parts of the tiny house in which they lived, and many articles within the house. In later years, her husband Everett also began to paint.

Examples of Maud's art can be found in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which has reconstructed her house and installed it in the gallery as part of a permanent Maud Lewis exhibit. Her work can also be found in the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is the subject of a book, "The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis", and a stage play has been written about her life. She is also the subject of two National Film Board of Canada documentaries, "Maud Lewis - A World Without Shadows" (1997), and "The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis" (1998). Maud Lewis is featured in the article "Home is Where the Heart Is" in Raw Vision, Issue #70 Fall 2010. See the CBC 1965 video about Maud Lewis by clicking here and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia video Maud Lewis' Painted House by clicking here.

For an update on the Maud Lewis movie read the article in the Chronicle Herald by clicking here. The movie was shown at TIFF, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Calgary International Film Festival in September, 2016 and Vancouver International Film Festival. As mentioned in the Variety article the movie was at Telluride in early September. It will be in the theaters in Canada in April and in the U.S. theaters on June, 2017.

Ref: Marie Ellwood, Folk Art of Nova Scotia (1976); Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985); A.G.N.S., Nova Scotia Folk Art - Canada's Cultural Heritage (1989); Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion To Canadian Folk Art (1999), Bernard Riordon (Beaverbrook Gallery), Canadian Folk Art from the Collection of Susan A. Murray (2007).


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 Maud Lewis Covered Bridge Maud Lewis Bringing Home the Christmas Tree


To see previously sold paintings by Maud Lewis click here.