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Maud Lewis in Film

February 1 - March 29, 2018

Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

January 11, 2018

Winter Sleigh

“Winter Sleigh” by Maud Lewis.
Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia,
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Exhibition announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition commemorating the opening at cinemas in Japan of Maudie, a film about the life of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis (1903-1970). The exhibition will include reproductions of her paintings, objects used in the film, a canister she decorated with floral paintings, and more.

After the death of her parents, Maud Dowley lived with an aunt before marrying Everett Lewis, a fish peddler. Her painting first attracted attention when her husband began selling postcards painted by his wife to his customers along with their fish. As Maud’s juvenile rheumatoid arthritis worsened, Everett took over the housework while Maud supplemented their income by selling paintings. Her colourful renderings of landscapes, birds and flowers eventually won recognition and were featured in magazines and on television, leading to a commission from U.S. President Richard Nixon. Even so, Maud and Everett lived till their deaths in a simple one room cabin without gas or electricity. In 1984, the small cabin with Maud’s painting on the doors and walls became part of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

This exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to familiarize themselves with the life and work of a remarkable Canadian artist.

The exhibit is made possible with the support of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
(Maudie, directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, opens Saturday, March 3, at cinemas around Japan.)


Date: February 1 - March 29, 2018

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Closed on weekends

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free
Co-organiser: Shochiku Co., Ltd.


Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6304
Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444
Follow us on Twitter @CanEmbJapan
N.B.:  Visitor access to the Embassy of Canada requires government-issued photo identification.
Note that bags will be checked for security.


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