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Bleecker Street Kid

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George Benjamin Luks, American, (1867–1932-1933)
Bleecker Street Kid, c. 1914-28
Oil on Canvas
15 1/4 in. x 12 1/4 in. (38.74 cm. x 31.12 cm.)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Gift of General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young
Accession Number: YO31

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
Luks reportedly found the subject of Bleeker Street Kid on the street just after his mother had put a bowl on his head and clipped him on Sunday morning. Somewhat resembling Robert Henri's (1865-1929) "Jimmy" (YO22), the "Kid," painted in a three-quarter view, looks out of the painting at the spectator with a rather veiled gaze. His newly bobbed hair, his clean white collar, and his brilliant yellow bow tie vibrate with thick rapid brushwork, surrounding the more calm, Impressionistic facial forms and thrusting the figure out from the neutral umber background. The flat black jacket acts as a base for the vigorously framed head.

- Arthur D. Stevens

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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