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Maud Lewis

June 18, 2022 - October 16, 2022 Organized by McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is pleased to present a retrospective of over 130 paintings by one of Canada’s most beloved folk artists, Maud Lewis (1903–1970). Her mastery of colour, endless compositional variety and exuberant vernacular style also mark her as one of Canada’s most formally inventive folk artists. From patterns of cats and kittens, to rustic images of horse-drawn carts and oxen, to breezy scenes of ships in the harbour, Lewis’s work appeals to audiences nostalgic for cheerful depictions of rural life in Atlantic Canada.

While she has had a dedicated and significant following for decades, Lewis’s work has recently gathered new fans in droves following the critical and popular acclaim of the 2016 film Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with support from the Government of Canada. Curated by McMichael Canadian Art Collection Chief Curator, Sarah Milroy. 

(L-R): Maud Lewis (1903 - 1970) Sleigh Ride with Covered Bridge, Winter oil on board 29.5 × 34.3 cm (11 5/8 × 13 1/2 in.) Collection of CFFI Ventures Inc. as collected by John Risley L2019.84.37. Maud Lewis (1903 - 1970) Fisherman on Dock 1958 oil on beaverboard (pulpboard) 29.6 × 35 cm (11 5/8 × 13 3/4 in.) Private Collection L2019.90.6. Maud Lewis (1903 - 1970) Drying Cod Flakes mid / late 1950s oil on pulpboard 32 × 34.8 cm (12 5/8 × 13 11/16 in.) Private Collection L2019.90.12. Photography by McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
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