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Rare Maud Lewis Painting Found In A Thrift Store

By Genevieve Gatia on Mar 30, 2017 02:46 PM EDT

Canada's best-known folk artist Maud Lewis, one of her valuable painting was found at New Hamburg thrift shop in Canada. Maud Lewis is just an ordinary person living her life in poverty and sold her own paintings for a few dollars. Many years later, these paintings would be priced high. 

According to CTV News, the lost original painting of Maud Lewis was luckily found by a volunteer sorting through old art in the thrift store's donation bin at Central Committee Thrift Center, Southern Ontario in New Hamburg. Maud Lewis painting was entitled "Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fisherman, Bay View, N.S"

Maud Lewis used beaverboard or fiberboard as her canvas and has a dimension of 11 inches by 13 inches. The artist was famous for her remarkable way of painting a bright and colorful maritime rural life and her usual paintings show in animals, boats, and sleds.

According to New Humber Independent, Karla Richards the store manager could hardly believe at first the simplistic painting of Lewis was a rare treasure and said that it looks quite like a child's work. A source also stated that the painting will be auctioned off this spring with proceeds to Mennonite Central Committee.

Maud Lewis was being contracted to polio and suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis a kind of arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness. Lewis left the school at the age of 14 and began her career in the form of painting Christmas cards together with her mother and sold it at the street of Yarmouth.

Lewis moved to Marshalltown in Digby Country to live with her aunt and by the year 1983 she got married to Everett Lewis and moved into his small cabin. Maud Lewis has passed away at the age of 67 in the year 1970. Her painting was restored at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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