George Benjamin Luks

Luks, George Benjamin (lōks) [key], 1867–1933, American portrait and genre painter, b. Williamsport, Pa., studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in Düsseldorf. He worked as a newspaper illustrator, for a time drawing the comic strip The Yellow Kid for the New York World. In 1902 he became a painter and art teacher. A member of the Eight, Luks is best known for his spirited portraits, painted with dash and verve and bordering on caricature. The Spielers (Addison Gall., Andover, Mass.) is characteristic of his work. Luks is represented in many leading American galleries.

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