“Oxen Pulling Logs” by Maud Lewis
I said Maud had a mean husband. I should have said Maud’s paintings point to a mean husband. Maud’s husband, “Everett”, is always portrayed with a whip in his hand. Eyebrows go up. Maud’s oxen always take the female form with big eyelashes and fancy headdresses. Hmm, interesting. The oxen/Maud are often portrayed chained/shackled to some logs, ie their tiny log cabin. Hmm, this theory has some serious merit. These sweet little paintings, for me, are a cry for help. The cries of a woman confined to a one room shack by a mean and authoritarian husband. These paintings are her notes to the outside world. If this was present day, I’d call in the swat team!