Painting - Oil On Canvas
This is a reproduction of “Allen Street” by George Luks of about 1905. This is an early work of the artist and it is in the Ashcan School which Luks helped to found. The artist was born in Pennsylvania and grew up observing his parents’ helping those in poverty. He studied briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but soon left for Europe to study in various art schools across the continent. He returned to Philadelphia in 1893 when aged tenty-six years. He became an illustrator for a local newspaper and made contacts with other young artists. He moved to New York City three years later working for another paper. He joined students of Robert Henri and together with them became one of “The Eight” who exhibited together in 1908. This founded the Ashcan School and Luks became recognized as a master of bold colors. He became a teacher and was known for his charismatic force in the classroom. He died in a barroom brawl on October 29, 1933 and his funderal was packed with students, artists and fiends. He is buried in the Fernwood Cemetary in Rogersford, Pennsylvania. This masterpiece is currently in the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is an oil on canvas and measures 81.2 by 114.3 centimeters.
October 24th, 2019
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