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"Into a Folk Painter's World"

Maud Lewis was a folk artist who received escalating fame only late in life and after her death. Her life was spent in poverty, during which she painted every surface that she could in her tiny cottage. Today, her Painted Home is preserved within the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and attracts much attention from the art world. As a child, Maud Lewis was encouraged to paint Christmas cards and she continued this habit even after her marriage to fish seller Everett Lewis. She usually painted only on small surfaces instead of large canvases and used colors directly from the tube rather than mixing paints on a palette. Hence, her house is a treasure trove of cards, murals and postcards. Almost every surface is painted with floral patterns or outdoor scenes, right from the door frames and staircase to storage boxes, vases and cutlery. This whimsical house affords a glimpse into the life of Maud Lewis who lived in poverty and suffered from arthritis, yet created paintings that are auctioned for thousands of dollars today.
1723 Hollis Street, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 1V9
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"Into a Folk Painter's World"
Maud Lewis was a folk artist who received escalating fame only late in life and after her death. Her life was spent in poverty, during which she painted every surface that she could in her tiny cottage. Today, her Painted Home is preserved within the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and attracts much attention from the art world. As a child, Maud Lewis was encouraged to paint Christmas cards and she continued this habit even after her marriage to fish seller Everett Lewis. She usually painted only on small surfaces instead of large canvases and used colors directly from the tube rather than mixing paints on a palette. Hence, her house is a treasure trove of cards, murals and postcards. Almost every surface is painted with floral patterns or outdoor scenes, right from the door frames and staircase to storage boxes, vases and cutlery. This whimsical house affords a glimpse into the life of Maud Lewis who lived in poverty and suffered from arthritis, yet created paintings that are auctioned for thousands of dollars today.
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