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Stanley Bate Art

STANLEY BATE (USA, 1903–1972)

Stanley Bate was born on March 26, 1903, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Henry C. and Nellie E. Freeman Bate. The Bates were an established Tennessee family Henry’s brother William Bate was the governor of Tennessee from 1883–87 and a United States Senator from 1887–1905. William was also a Major General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and quite a colorful character. Henry and Nellie encouraged their son to seek formal education, but young Stanley eschewed proper schooling and instead chose to study art at the Watkins Institute in Nashville. In the 20s, Bate moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League under Frederick Bridgman. He soon landed a job with Encyclopedia Britannica, and from 1927–29, served as art editor.


From 1929 until he died in 1972, Bate was a self-employed artist. He taught art classes at both the Art Students League and the Albany Institute of History and Art and brought in extra income by making illustrations for magazines such as Outdoor Life and Popular Science. On January 27, 1934, Bate married Emilie Rossel. Emilie had emigrated from Switzerland to New York in 1923. She found work as a governess to Alfred Vanderbilt and later as an executive secretary for Wall Street investment brokers Kahn, Loeb and Co. Emilie met Stanley in New York in the early 30s when she attended one of his art exhibitions with a friend. The couple, who had no children, lived on 34th Street in Manhattan. During this period, Bate was producing and exhibiting his art and joined several artists groups. Stanley and Emilie became part of the New York art scene, dining weekly at the Society of Illustrators Clubhouse. Bate’s time in New York was pivotal in the formation of his painting style. He lived in New York during the inception of one of the most important Modern Art movements, one that helped New York replace Paris as the center of avant-garde art. This movement, which was called the New York School of Artists, was later known as Abstract Expressionism. It was composed of a loosely associated group of vanguard artists working in New York City during the 40s and 50s. The New York School was not defined by a specific style, but instead reflected a fusion of European Modernism and American social relevance that was depicted in many individual styles. Influences of Surrealism, Cubism, and Modernism can be found in their work, along with an interest in experimenting with non-traditional materials and methods. American art was at the forefront of international avant-garde for the first time.


Bate was undoubtedly exposed to the varied styles and techniques that were emerging during the formative years of the New York School. Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell were formulating their versions of color field paintings. Joseph Cornell was experimenting with assemblages, collage and the use of different types of textured paints. Jackson Pollock was adhering objects such as buttons and coins into his early works, while Louise Nevelson was using found objects. Helen Frankenthaler added sand to her early paintings. The New York School artists were undermining traditional fine art by using mixed media and non-traditional methods. Bate absorbed these varied influences and soon his early realistic landscapes and still-lifes were replaced with something entirely new. The influence of Cubism, notably the flat shallow space of the picture plane, is obvious in many of his paintings. Surrealism is evident in the use of subjects from myth, primitive art and antiquity, along with the Automatism-like line work in his more linear images. The unfettered experimentation of the New York School is everywhere in Stanley’s work. We see nods to the color field, collage, the mixing of textures into the paint, mixed media, the inclusion of found objects and thick, luscious impasto. He was prolific and experimented in various media including oil, watercolor, lithography, silkscreen, woodcut, drawing, collage, ceramics and sculpture. He is considered a true Modernist. His work is largely abstract, but sometimes figures and buildings are discernable. He frequently mixed paint, sand and glue to achieve a textured surface, and then scraped and scratched through this layer to expose some of the underpainting below. His sculpture, which is often whimsical, also reflects the non-traditional methods of the New York School. He pioneered the use of enamel and copper in his work. The sculptures are not carved or modeled as was done in the past but instead are built using mixed media and new materials.


In addition to the New York School influence, many of his works exhibit a strong connection to the Spanish school, especially the work of Antonio Tapies and Modesto Cuixart. These artists were both a part of an avant-garde group known as Art Informel, the Spanish equivalent of Abstract Expressionism. These artists likewise worked in mixed media and introduced objects and texture into their work. Many of Bate’s subjects and titles relate to Spanish locations and words. It is likely that Stanley spent time in Spain and found inspiration there. By the early 40s, Stanley and Emilie had started spending weekends in a barn they purchased in Craryville, New York, a few hours north of Manhattan. The barn had no electricity or plumbing, but when the couple eventually decided to leave New York and live full time in Craryville, they remodeled the barn, putting a gallery downstairs and a studio and living quarters upstairs. Although the Bates moved out of New York City, Stanley remained part of the New York art scene, exhibiting in New York and elsewhere throughout the 50s and 60s. During his lifetime, he was represented by the New York galleries Knoedler and Company, Kennedy Galleries, Rose Fried Gallery and Key Gallery, along with Tyringham Gallery located in Tyringham, Massachusetts. Craryville was Stanley’s home until his death on August 21, 1972. Emilie died in 1984. Her obituary requested that any donations be made to the Albany Institute of History and Art. The Institute held a retrospective exhibition of Bate’s work in 1973. Since his death, Bate’s artwork has been exhibited widely and placed in numerous collections.

(Biography provided by Sorelle Gallery)
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"Year of the Dragon," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This Modern abstract painting Stanley Bate features an earthy and warm palette and textured paint application. The painting is signed by artist lower right and is framed in the origi...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Silver

"Rites of Spring," 1970s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Rites of Spring" by Modernist painter Stanley Bate is a large-scale, textured oil painting on canvas. The deep grey and maroon colors serve as a backdrop to a burst of geometric sha...
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1970s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Centurion," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This vertical format abstract painting by Modernist artist Stanley Bate measures at 26" x 50" framed. The original gold-hued floater frame pulls out the vibrant and warm pops of yell...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Gold Leaf

"Forum - Roman Carnival", 1960s Mid-Century Modern Abstract Figure Oil Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
Signed by artist and ready to hang inside original 1960's frame. ABOUT STANLEY BATE Stanley Bate (1903 - 1972) is a nationally recognized painter known for his modern and abstract ...
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1960s Abstract Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Morat," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This abstract painting by Modernist artist Stanley Bate combines deep, textured red with creme and dark blue and grey. Geometric shapes throughout the painting are softened by the en...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Great Wall," 1970s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This Modern abstract oil painting on canvas by Modernist artist Stanley Bate features a geometric composition and a soft palette. The white and creme colors are complemented by earth...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Sobras," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This textured abstract painting by Modernist artist, Stanley Bate is beautifully balanced in composition and palette. The predominantly red-hued painting is offset by a strip of blue...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Stele," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Stele" by Modernist painter Stanley Bate is a bold painting with a dark grey and umber border and large, central rectangles, the left in a warm red and orange and the right in a lig...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Oracle," 1970s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This painting by Modernist painter Stanley Bate is almost monochromatic with dark brown, sandy tan and white geometric shapes. There is a single bright red pop of color at the almost...
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1970s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Picos," 1970s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Picos" is an abstract painting created in 1971 by Modernist artist, Stanley Bate. The piece features an earthy, muted palette, giving it a serene feeling with deep grey, muted brown...
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1970s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Love Song," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Love Song" by Stanley Bate is a Modern abstract painting made circa 1960. This piece features deep, earthy brown, off-white creme and pops of red and muted blue. The texture and com...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Capriccio Espagnole," 1950s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This Modern abstract oil painting on canvas by Stanley Bate is a large, bold piece. It features deep, earthy browns and a very bright red, textured and organic shape that spans the t...
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1950s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Roman Incident," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This 1960s painting by Modernist artist Stanley Bate is an energetic abstract composition with a warm red and orange palette with small pops of bright blue throughout. The painting i...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

Phoenix Nest
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
Abstract collaboration of colors red, blue, grey, black, brown, texture. City, silhouette, vibrant, statement, modern, history, grid, crimson, electric, warm, Mark Rothko, Mid-centur...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Oil, Canvas

"Three Images," 1950s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Three Images" by Stanley Bate is a Modern abstract painting made in 1951 and features deep, bold abstract shapes that make up hazy images of figures. A dark border is balanced by vi...
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1950s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"South Bay," 1970s Modern Abstract Oil Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This Modern abstract painting by Modernist painter Stanley Bate features earthy, textured umber tones with deep reds. muted blues, and accents of warm orange. The geometric shapes ar...
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1970s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Newstand," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Newstand" by Modernist painter Stanley Bate features a dark grey and brown perimeter with a white, blue and red composition that features geometric crosshatched lines with integrate...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Abduction of the Emperor," 1970s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Abduction of the Emperor" by Stanley Bate is an abstract oil painting made in 1971. This piece is primarily a textured sandy gold color with geometric shapes that add pops of light ...
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1970s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Flower Market," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This Modern abstract painting titled, "Flower Market" is by Modernist painter Stanley Bate. The geometric composition is filled with small and large rectangles in blue, grey, maroon,...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Cadiz," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Cadiz" by Stanley Bate is a Modern oil painting on canvas and was made circa 1960. It is professionally framed in a gold-hued floater frame, with framed dimensions measuring at 50" ...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Helvetic Landscape," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This abstract painting by Modernist artist Stanley Bate is an abstract oil painting on canvas featuring a bright red geometric shape at the center of the composition and deep grey, b...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Untitled," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This untitled artwork by Stanley Bate was created circa 1960. It is a Modern abstract oil painting on canvas, featuring an earthy palette of sandy brown and umber, light blue, muted ...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Spring Thaw," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Spring Thaw" by Modernist painter, Stanley Bate is a textured and energetic abstract painting, created in the early 1960s. Bate, who was inspired by his Abstract Expressionist peers...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Untitled," 1950s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
Thisoil painting on masonite board, "Untitled," by Modernist Stanley Bate was created circa 1950, part of his earlier body of work. The dark, heavy line work combined with bright col...
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1950s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Oil, Board

"Martos," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Martos" is an abstract oil painting on canvas by Stanley Bate featuring what appears to be a high horizon line of white and muted yellow. Beneath that line is a combination of textu...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Exodus," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Exodus" is a Modern abstract painting by Stanley Bate. Bate, who was greatly inspired by his peer, Mark Rothko and the Abstract Expressionist movement in general, creates an energet...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Storm King," 1960s Modern Abstract Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Storm King" by Modernist artist Stanley Bate is a moderately sized oil painting on canvas. The predominantly greyscale painting features a warm off-white with painterly deep grey an...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

"The General," Modern Abstract Sculpture
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"The General" is an abstract sculpture by Modernist artist, Stanley Bate. Made circa 1960, the sculpture is made of wood and metal, and features red, blue, and off-white rectangular ...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Metal

"Untitled," 1960s Modern Oil Painting
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
"Untitled" by Stanley Bate is a Modern painting made circa 1960. The palette is warm and earthy, with different hues of brown, umber, and a reddish burnt sienna-colored paint applied...
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20th Century Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

Pas De Deux
By Stanley Bate
Located in Westport, CT
This abstract painting by Modernist painter, Stanley Bate, juxtaposes light, muted blue with maroon and a burst of yellow, red, black, and more. This moderately-sized painting provid...
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1960s Modern Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

Architectural Landscape
By Stanley Bate
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning c.1950's abstract architectural landscape composition by American artist, Stanley Bate (1903-1972). Untitled, oil on canvas measures 20 x 26 inches; 26.75 x 32.75 inches fra...
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Stanley Bate Art

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Canvas, Oil

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