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Carnival Scene
circa 1918
George Benjamin Luks

oil paint canvas

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary

Like the other artists of the Ashcan School George Luks made a name for himself by creating paintings of the people and neighborhoods of lower Manhattan. Luks was, perhaps, the member of the group whose paintings of this subject matter were the most coarse and unflinching. He was known to have been lively and cantankerous, a drinker and a carouser who found the hardscrabble lives of immigrants and loners more stimulating than those of the upper classes. In 1918 Luks painted Blue Devils on Fifth Avenue, a scene of French veterans on parade in New York (now owned by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.), for an exhibition of paintings in support of Allied efforts in World War I. The Mint Museum’s Carnival Scene, which includes figures clad in similar blue military garb as well as French flags, is likely a related work.

Accession Number: 1977.85


height: 26.75 inches
width: 30.75 inches

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