Full name: George Benjamin Luks
Born: August 13, 1866 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 29, 1933 in New York, New York, United States
Country: United States
Sport: Art Competitions
George Luks was an American realistic artist and illustrator, whose work was representative of the Ashcan School of American art. He studied first at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and later in Germany, London, and Paris. Returning to the United States in 1894, he became an illustrator for the Philadelphia Press.
Luks went to Cuba in 1895 as a correspondent artist for the Philadelphia Bulletin during the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain. After returning to the United States, he worked as a cartoonist, drawing the popular cartoon “Hogan’s Alley” for the New York World. From 1902-03 Luks lived in Paris, where he not only continued his art studies but also became increasingly preoccupied with the depiction of modern city life. When he returned to New York City, he settled in Greenwich Village, where he began to paint realistic pictures of New Yorkers.
In 1908, with seven other painters, Luks formed a group called The Eight, whose exhibition in New York that year marked a key event in the history of modern painting in the United States. After this event, Luks received the support of art dealers and patrons. He and the other members of The Eight were eventually absorbed into a larger group of artists known as the Ashcan school, which continued the exploration of modern, urban realities.
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