George Benjamin Luks papers, 1902-1961

Luks, George Benjamin, b. 1866 d. 1933
Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: ca. 700 items (on 2 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Scrapbooks; correspondence; exhibition catalogs; photographs; and some biographical material.

Reel NLU-1: a scrapbook, 1902-1948, of clippings mostly relating Luks, and to contemporary artists with whom Luks was associated.

Reel 95: clippings; correspondence, including two letters from James Huneker; exhibition catalogs, including one from an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Nov. 1943-Jan. 1944; photographs; and 3 scrapbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note: Illustrator, painter, cartoonist, lecturer, teacher; born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Recent scholarship shows 1866 as his birth date rather than 1867, as has been previously accepted. Studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Dusseldorf, Berlin, Munich, London, and Paris. Worked on the staff of the Philadelphia Press, the Philadelphia Bulletin, and the New York World newspapers. Created the comic strips Hogan's Alley, and The Yellow Kid. Was an outspoken member of "The Eight" who exhibited at Macbeth Gallery, NYC, 1908. Taught at Art Students League, was influential not for his methods, but for his strong personality. Known as a hard drinker, his works were imbued with gusto as he captured slum life in NYC.

The scrapbook, 1902-1948, was lent for microfilming via Barnhardt Crystal of the Washington Irving Gallery, 1958, on behalf of Mrs. Carolyn Luks, sister-in-law of George Luks. Papers on reel 95 were lent for microfilming by the Chapellier Galleries.

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