Maxwell Bates: Landscapes

Maxwell Bates, Rithet's Swamp. Acquired in 1996.
Maxwell Bates, Rithet’s Swamp. Acquired in 1996.

May 12 – June 12, 1983

McPherson Library Gallery

This exhibition features 45 works, considered to be Maxwell Bates‘ best pieces. Circulated by the Medicine Hat Museum, it investigates the stylistic evolution of his unjustly overlooked landscapes. Only 9 of the landscapes are “pure landscapes”, that which lack the “touch of man”. The majority of the paintings include such “touches of man”, such as a road, fence, barn, or prairie couple.

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About the Artist:

Maxwell Bates, a well-known Canadian painter and architect, died in Victoria in September, 1980. He is remembered primarily for his haunting figural images. Bates worked and studied in the United States and Europe. His teachers included Max Beckmann and Abraham Rattner, expressionists obsessed with the exploration of humanity in all its guises. He worked his entire life to attain the qualities of directness, simplicity and intensity.

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