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George Benjamin Luks, American, (1867–1932-1933)
Street Sweeper, n. d.
Crayon on Paper
10 1/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (25.72 cm x 19.69 cm)

Object Type: Drawing
Technique: Drawing
Period: Modern 19th - 1945
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Gertrude C. Shelton
Accession Number: 75.10.1

Black crayon, sketch, torn from a sketchbook (right side torn) - on verso is printed: "standard university notebook"

"Drawings from the Permanent Collection", Montgomery Gallery, 11/14/81-2/12/82;
"Works on Paper 1830-1940", Montgomery Gallery, 1/24/91-3/20/91

Black crayon on off-white sketchbook paper.

Object Description
Known as a real character, Luks was full of energy in life and in his painting. George Luks was a leading figure in the New York art world in the early part of the twentieth century. His lively portraits and genre paintings of everyday people were candid rather than posed.

Along with Robert Henri and others, he was a leading figure in the highly controversial group called “The Eight” that was a group of American painters who protested formal academic styles, which were then current. The group was popularly referred to as the “Ashcan School,” because they concentrated on everyday scenes and ordinary people, the Ashcan School was a forerunner to social realist painting of the 1930’s.

Luks also worked for the Philadelphia Press, doing quick, accurate reportorial sketches, a method that later became his forte.

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