George Benjamin Luks
(1867 - 1933)
George Benjamin Luks was active/lived in New York. George Luks is known for urban genre and portrait painting, illustration.
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Luks was born on August 13, 1867 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Luks
received his first art instruction from his parents who pursued
painting as a hobby. At seventeen he entered the Pennsylvania Academy
of Fine Arts. Later he went to Düsseldorf where he lived with a distant
relative, a retired lion-tamer. He abandoned Düsseldorf for the more
stimulating spheres of London and Paris. When he returned to America he
worked as an artist for Philadelphia newspapers. In 1896 he was sent to
Cuba as a war artist; rumor had it he was captured by the Spaniards and
condemned to death as a spy, but he was deported instead and landed in
New York, cold, hungry and broke.
In 1894 he joined the staff of
the "Philadelphia Press"
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