George Luks

George Benjamin Luks (August 13, 1867 – October 29, 1933) was an American artist, identified in the same way as the aggressively realizable 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 activity of the destitute and hard-pressed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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