Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows

Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows

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Set against a background of her paintings and the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, landscapes they depict, this short documentary is a portrait of the life and work of one of Canada's foremost primitive painters, Maud Lewis. Emerging from her youth crippled with arthritis, Lewis escaped into her painting at the age of 30. She had never seen a work of art and had never attended an art class but her paintings captured the simple strength, beauty and happiness of the world she saw - a world without shadows.

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Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows, Diane Beaudry, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Diane Beaudry
  • editing
    Diane Beaudry
  • cinematography
    Blake James
    Kent Nason
  • cinematography - assistance
    Mike Mahoney
  • sound recording
    Patricia Kipping
  • commentary
    Barry Cowling
  • narrator
    Niki Lipman
  • original song
    Barry Cowling
    Paul Mason
  • singer
    Sue-Ellen Lothrop
  • musical arrangement
    Paul Mason
  • animation camera
    Simon Leblanc
  • assistant sound editor
    Janice Brown
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • executive producer
    Kathleen Shannon


    What a beautiful fill. It captures her life story so well. Maud is my great grandmother. Thank you for doing such a wonderful life story on such an amazing artist.

    TBENOIT04, 12 May 2014
  • desmond.emery

    Her colours are bright, no wonder her works are so collectible.

    desmond.emery, 6 Apr 2011
  • desmond.emery

    Her colours are bright, no wonder her works are so collectible.

    desmond.emery, 6 Apr 2011
  • Ginny

    I loved the Maud Lewis film! You have really caught her spirit. She has always been a heroine of mine to do such delightful art inspite of her crippleing arthritis. I am an artist too in Ontario and now I have arthritis and she gives me courage to carry on! Thank you!

    Ginny, 6 Apr 2011

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