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Child with Doll, ca. 1905 Oil on canvas George Benjamin Luks

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Debra Force Fine Art
New York•

Signature Signed George Luks, lower left

George Benjamin Luks
American, 1867–1933•

Child with Doll, ca. 1905
Oil on canvas
16 1/2 × 13 in
41.9 × 33 cm

This is a unique work.******************
$100,000 - 150,000



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.

Luks was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to Central European immigrants. His father was a physician/apothecary and his mother was an amateur painter and musician. The Luks family eventually moved to Pottsville, in southern Pennsylvania, near the coal fields. In this setting, he learned at a young age about poverty and compassion as he observed his parents helping the coal miners' families.

Luks began his working life in vaudeville. He and his younger brother played the Pennsylvania and New Jersey vaudeville circuit in the early 1880s while still in their teens. He left performing when he decided to pursue a career as an artist. Luks knew from a young age that he wanted to be an artist and studied briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before he traveled to Europe, where he attended several art schools and studied the Old Masters. (He became a particular admirer of Spanish and Dutch painting, especially the work of Velazquez and Frans Hals.) Manet's energy and technique also appealed to Luks. Later he went to Düsseldorf, where he lived with a distant relative, allegedly a retired lion-tamer, and took classes at the Düsseldorf School of Art. He eventually abandoned Düsseldorf for the more stimulating spheres of London and Paris. In 1893, he returned to Philadelphia, where he eventually found work as an illustrator for the Philadelphia Press.
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Dollcollector

You gave me a chuckle, did you see the price that they were asking for this painting?
If you look at other paintings done by this same artist, they are not at all in this
category. The asking price cannot be determined by the quality of the painting, it
has to be determined by the artist, comparing his other works, and the fact that
he painted this pathetic portrait of a little girl. I don't think he cared for children.
I just noticed I haven't completed the solve on this painting. Thanks for the
visit, solve and the comment. Dollcollector

goddessani

Not a particularly pleasing picture but someone had to show her some love!

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