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George Luks (artist)



George Luks epitimozed the ash can artist–a group of young American painters who rejected subjects acceptable to polite society. A confirmed bohemian, barroom brawler, and unrepentant alcoholic, Luks knew more of the low than the high life. Perhaps because of his own experiences, his interpretations of the downtrodden were never condescending. His early training as a newspaper illustrator gave him an eye for drama and telling detail.

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George Benjamin Luks (August 13, 1867 – October 29, 1933) was an American realist artist, painter, comics artist and illustrator. His vigorously painted genre paintings of urban subjects are examples of the Ashcan School of American art.