Important American and European Paintings — June 12, 2012 Auction Results

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Lot 55

55: George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933)
55: George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933)
55: George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933)

George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933)

George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933)

Children of the Street

Signed lower right “”George Luks””
Inscribed with title verso
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 1/8 inches

Other Notes: Luks made many paintings of working class subjects and scenes of the urban street. Luks’s representations of immigrant shoppers, pushcart peddlers, casual strollers and curious onlookers of the ethnic variety characterized metropolitan, turn-of-the century New York. It was very important for the artists associated with the Ashcan school to depict real life.

Luks’s work typifies the ‘real-life’ scenes painted by the Ashcan School artists, in Children of the Street
, Luks paints a three young children, a blond adolescent , a dark haired youth and an Asian child, huddled together in a red blanket for warmth. His bold brush and thick impasto together with his social consciousness are hallmarks of his best work.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $14,880