Luks, George (Benjamin)
- Janet Marstine
(b Williamsport, PA, Aug 13, 1867; d New York, Oct 29, 1933).
American painter and draughtsman. He lived as a child in the mining town of Shenandoah, PA, but moved to Philadelphia in 1883. The facts of his early career were later confused by the wild stories fabricated by him. After a short stint in vaudeville, he spent a year at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. From 1885 he was in Europe, living most of the next decade in Düsseldorf, Munich, Paris, and London, intermittently attending German and French art academies. In 1894 Luks became an artist–reporter for the Philadelphia Press, where he befriended Robert Henri, John Sloan, William J. Glackens, and Everett Shinn. In late 1895 he went to Cuba as a war correspondent; the following year he moved to New York and joined the staff of the New York World as a cartoonist.
In 1897 Luks began to paint. Working with dark, slashing strokes, akin to the style of Henri, he sympathetically portrayed New York’s social outcasts, as in the ...