George Luks


George Benjamin Luks (August 13, 1867 – October 29, 1933) was an American artist, identified with the aggressively realistic Ashcan School of American painting.

After travelling and studying in Europe, Luks worked as a newspaper illustrator and cartoonist in Philadelphia, where he became part of a close-knit group, led by Robert Henri, that set out to defy the genteel values imposed by the influential National Academy of Design. His best-known paintings reflect the life of the poor and hard-pressed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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American painter and draftsman, he spent a year at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in the early 1880s before traveling to Europe in 1885. In 1894 he became an artist and reporter for the Philadelphia Press where he met Robert Henri, John Sloan, William J. Glackens, and Everett Shinn. His style was comprised of dark slashing strokes, and his subject matter was typically the social outcasts of New York City. This led his work to be characterized as part of the Ashcan school. He exhibited in the Armory Show of 1913. Comment on works: Portraits; Genre

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George Benjamin Luks, George Luks, Luks, Georges Luks

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