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One of Canada’s most beloved folk artists, Maud Lewis (1903–1970) was famous in her lifetime for her brightly coloured and endearing paintings of rural Nova Scotia. This retrospective exhibition highlights Lewis’s achievement, looking carefully at her serial repetition of images and motifs across her career. Her mastery of colour, endless compositional variety and exuberant vernacular style also mark Lewis as one of Canada’s most formally inventive folk artists. From her black cats and kittens to her cart horses and oxen hauling logs, to her quayside scenes of ships in port and the Maritime landscape in all seasons, Lewis made paintings that delight in their optimism and buoyant vitality.

This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with support from the Government of Canada.

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