Maxwell Bates: Canada's Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century
His Art, Life and Prisoner of War Notebook

(Excerpt from p. 45)

Taken as a whole his post-war art within the Expressionist canon can be regarded as a remarkable culmination of his search for meaning and social justice, and of his unitary ideas available to us in his Prisoner of War Notebook about dilating the present through rhythm to links to eternity.


And in my soul
Feelings of some scarcely perceptible
Great beauty
Some words of God,
Not quite invisible.

Maxwell Bates, from "Intimations", 1953, Calgary.