365 Days of Art: August 13 – George Luks is Born

George Luks, "The Wrestlers", 1905

August 13, 1867

George Luks (pronounced Lewks) is born.

New York City is his muse, inspiring him with subjects like immigrant families and underground sporting events–unpolished, active figures that require a faster painting approach. He is a member of the Ashcan School, named after the metal garbage can, so-called because of these gritty inspirations that are unappealing to traditional art galleries and collectors.

An alcoholic, he dies after a bar fight in 1933 in New York City.