Maxwell Bennett Bates

Canadian (1906 - 1980)

Maxwell Bennett Bates was a Canadian painter.
Based on records, Maxwell Bennett Bates's estimated art value is C$20,000 (*)

Maxwell Bennett Bates's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$5,000 - C$50,000, or even much higher.

From records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Maxwell Bennett Bates (1906-1980) was C$49,725 - paid for "Reception" at Heffel in Vancouver on Thu, Nov 26, 2009. has 280 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$5,000 to C$50,000.

Heffel Auction House Biography and Notes

In 1949, Maxwell Bates went to New York to study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School under Max Beckmann and Abraham Rattner. As an architect, he was fascinated by the buildings of New York and, according to Kathleen Snow, "found time to paint and sketch the New York scene, prowling the streets." This work from 1973 was likely produced, while he was living in Victoria, from drawings and sketches executed in 1949. Bates's dramatic use of colour has often been attributed to his admiration for the German Expressionists and his studies under Beckmann; these, along with exhibitions he had seen in London prior to World War II, were all influential to his developing style. Throughout his artistic development, Bates's unique use of colour and his strong black outlines characterized his emphatic and candid approach. Bates stated that he was fascinated by cities with considerable history, and New York clearly made a lasting impression on him. Brooklyn Tavern is a lively work that contrasts the older tavern with a modern advertising billboard, and, true to Bates's great affinity for humanity, includes neighbourhood characters such as the man with his cart.

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