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A renowned American artist, George Luks is associated with the Ashcan School, which specialized in aggressively realistic painting. His paintings of landscapes and cityscapes are highly realistic, but are also reminiscent of his evocative and witty writings. His paintings were also highly popular and are often displayed in museum collections today.

The artist George Luks (1867-1954) was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Anshutz. He also studied independently in Paris and London. He returned to the United States in 1894 and immediately began securing work as a newspaper illustrator. The training he received in newspapers helped him to develop his eye for detail and drama. In 1909, he published his first book, A History of the Artists' Work

Although Luks had a solid reputation in the art world, his reputation was tempered by his wild and eccentric personality. He was prone to drinking, and partying, and loved to dress obnoxiously. He also liked to wear capes, big hats, and monocles. He would often go out to bars and start fights. His view of the world was one of circus and he claimed to be a Chicago Whitey.

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