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George Benjamin Luks
United States Painter
(Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1867 - 1933, New York, New York)
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Fralin Museum note: Like Kenneth Hayes Miller and Don Freeman...Luks may be described as a lusty American realist who enthusiastically chose the raw and vigorously changing America of his day for his subject matter rather than genteelly trying to imitate “upper class” European art. His slapdash style and what was seen as his low class subject matter place him with the so-called Ashcan School and The Eight. Like other American realists of his time, such as John Sloan, he had been an artist-reporter for a newspaper. One is reminded of the “photojournalistic” tendencies of the printmaker Don Freeman. Like many American realists who do not absolutely reject the modern period, Luks often has a somewhat cartoonish style, appropriate perhaps for the childlike nature of some American artists. Like Miller and Freeman, he may possess a satirical edge.

ULAN note: 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.

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