Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis - Heffel Gallery

Maud Lewis

1903 - 1970

Born in South Ohio, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Maud Lewis is renowned for her bright paintings of Maritime rural life. Having contracted polio, and suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Lewis left school at the age of 14 and lived a confined but happy life at home. She began her artistic career by painting Christmas cards with her mother that they sold on the streets of Yarmouth. Following the death of her parents, Lewis moved to Marshalltown, Digby County, Nova Scotia to live with her aunt. It was there that she met her future husband, Everett Lewis, a fish peddler. They married in 1938 and moved into his small cabin.

Due to her small stature and her arthritis, Maud was unable to do housework. However, she helped with the household by creating cards and paintings for income. Everett often took Maude with him while selling fish and would promote her artwork to his customers. With his encouragement, Lewis began to produce more paintings. Her work grew in popularity, and buyers began to come directly to her home to acquire her paintings.

Despite her lack of formal training, Lewis’s depictions of rural life, animals and landscapes, drawn from her everyday experiences, had an irresistible charm and vitality. She often used oil paints straight from the tube and rarely mixed her pigments, and her colourful work expressed the essence of Maritime life. Her work gained popularity to the point that she was featured in numerous newspapers, such as the Moncton Times, the Atlantic Advocate and the Star Weekly, and she also starred in a CBC-TV Telescope program in 1965. In 1967, her work was shown at the Centennial Exhibition of Primitive Art in New Brunswick at Beaverbrook House, St. John. Prominent collectors of her work include R.L. Stanfield, the former premier of Nova Scotia and Richard Nixon, the former President of the United States. Her paintings still hang in the White House and the Legislative Building of Nova Scotia.

Lewis passed away at the Digby General Hospital at the age of 67 in 1970. She has become one of Canada’s most well-known and endearing folk artists. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has a large collection of her paintings, and installed her original house in the gallery as part of a permanent exhibition of her work. In 2016, a film was released on her life entitled Maudie.



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Maple Syrup Gathering
11 1/4 x 13 1/8in 28.6 x 33.3cm
circa 1964 - 1965
oil on board

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $22,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's January 2017 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 26, 2017



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Buggy Ride
8 1/2 x 11 1/2in 21.6 x 29.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $21,250 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's January 2017 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 26, 2017



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Hauling Christmas Trees
9 x 11in 22.9 x 27.9cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $18,750 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's January 2017 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 26, 2017



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Deer in the Woods
12 x 14in 30.5 x 35.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $16,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's July 2007 auction on Saturday, July 28, 2007



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Black and White Cat
12 x 9in 30.5 x 22.9cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,340 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's November 2015 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015



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Cats
12 x 16in 30.5 x 40.6cm
circa 1964 - 1968
oil on board

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,340 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's August 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, August 27, 2015



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Three Cats
11 3/4 x 14in 29.8 x 35.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,340 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's May 2016 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, May 28, 2016



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Traffic Jam
11 5/8 x 11 5/8in 29.5 x 29.5cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, March 27, 2014



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Oxen in Tulips
12 x 13 1/2in 30.5 x 34.3cm
circa 1966
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's January 2017 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 26, 2017



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Harbour Scene
12 1/4 x 14 1/4in 31.1 x 36.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $14,160 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's January 2016 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, January 28, 2016


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