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George Luks (artist)



George Benjamin Luks was part of a group of realist artists who portrayed scenes of everyday life in America. They were known as the Ashcan artists. The Ashcan School was an art movement that took place in the United States in the late 19th through early 20th century. Luks is best known for his paintings that depict New York City’s immigrants and working class. His parents were immigrants from Poland and Germany.

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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.