Maud Lewis painting sells at auction in Ontario for record price of $350,000

A painting by Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis broke a record selling price at auction on Saturday.

Listed by Miller and Miller Auctions, the black truck it was estimated to be worth around $30,000 to 35,000, but sold for a whopping $350,000.

The auction house described the artwork as “a spring painting with daffodils in the foreground with cherry trees in full bloom and a house taking up much of the middle ground.”

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Born in 1903, the artist suffered from a series of birth defects that left her shoulders hunched, her chin pressed against her chest, and her fingers painfully crooked.

According the canadian encyclopediahe spent most of his life in a small, one-room house that had no running water or electricity.

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Miller and Miller Auctions had recently sold another Lewis painting for $75,000 in what had been the record before the auction. black truck went for more than four times as much.

It’s also worth noting how his painting made it to the auction on May 14, 2022.

The black truck It first belonged to Ontario artist John Kinnear, who passed away in 2003.

“Kinnear was the only artist who corresponded with Maud Lewis from the time she became famous in the mid-1960s until her death in 1970,” the auction listing said.

“Kinnear was sending Maud Lewis pre-primed Masonite boards, brushes, and requested paints. In return, Maud would send the finished paintings to Kinnear for sale, and he would return the proceeds to Maud in Marshalltown.”

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He lived in London, Ontario, where he was a frequent guest at the former Villa restaurant on Richmond Street, now renamed Anthony’s Seafood Bistro, owned by Irene and Tony Demas.

Wanting art for the walls of their restaurant, the owners and Kinnear struck a deal for their artwork to be used as payment for meals. One day she came in with the Maud Lewis painting.

The painting remains one of Lewis’s rarest works.

Read the full story of how the Demas came to sell Lewis’s work here.

— with files from Amy Simon of Global News.

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