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Gladiator

Maxwell Bates

BIRTH YEAR 1906
BIRTH PLACE Calgary, Alberta
DEATH YEAR 1980
DEATH PLACE Victoria, British Columbia
MEDIUM Acrylic and ink on paper
DATE 1963
DIMENSIONS 31cm x 46cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 1559
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
An abstract painting of a gladiator figure, wearing a helmet, painted in a mosaic-like style consisting of small, geometric shapes of colour pieced together with white space around them and black lines between.An exception is the figure's beard, which is a solid brown with rows of black vertical lines in it. The "tiles" are painted in blue, red, black, grey, green and yellow. A blue wash is used to paint the background.

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