Maud Lewis

1903 - 1970

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Maud Kathleen Lewis (née Dowley; March 7, 1903 – July 30, 1970) was a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia. She lived most of her life in poverty in a small house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia. She achieved national recognition in 1964 and 1965 for her cheerful paintings of landscapes, animals and flowers, which offer a nostalgic and optimistic vision of her native province. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maud Lewis has received more than 2,596,830 page views. Her biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Maud Lewis is the 430th most popular painter (down from 417th in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from Canada and the most popular Canadian Painter.

Maud Lewis is most famous for her paintings of scenes from her life in Nova Scotia.

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Among painters, Maud Lewis ranks 430 out of 2,023Before her are Enrique Simonet, Lovis Corinth, Anna Maria van Schurman, Yves Tanguy, Mikhail Vrubel, and Zinaida Serebriakova. After her are James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Suzuki Harunobu, Piero Manzoni, Catharina van Hemessen, Erich Heckel, and Jean-Baptiste Regnault.

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Among people born in 1903, Maud Lewis ranks 63Before her are Ernest Walton, Claudette Colbert, Abul A'la Maududi, Eliot Ness, George Davis Snell, and Vincente Minnelli. After her are Raymond Radiguet, Tamam Shud case, Louis Leakey, Irving Stone, Erskine Caldwell, and Joan Robinson. Among people deceased in 1970, Maud Lewis ranks 52Before her are B. H. Liddell Hart, Sonny Liston, Jean Giono, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, E. M. Forster, and Lev Kuleshov. After her are Erich Heckel, Elsa Triolet, Percy Spencer, Fritz Bayerlein, Elyesa Bazna, and Barnett Newman.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Maud Lewis ranks 59 out of 1,622Before her are Lois Maxwell (1927), Maye Musk (1948), David Easton (1917), Mylène Farmer (1961), Mack Sennett (1880), and Norman Jewison (1926). After her are John Candy (1950), Brian Tracy (1944), Donald O. Hebb (1904), Lester B. Pearson (1897), Sidney Altman (1939), and A. E. van Vogt (1912).

Among PAINTERS In Canada

Among painters born in Canada, Maud Lewis ranks 1After her are Jeff Wall (1946), Emily Carr (1871), Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923), Philip Guston (1913), Agnes Martin (1912), John McCrae (1872), Maurice Prendergast (1858), Tom Thomson (1877), and Rob Gonsalves (1959).