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Boy with Dice

ca. 1923-1924
30 5/16 x 26 5/16 in. (77 x 66.8 cm)

George Luks
American (Williamsport, PA, 1867 - 1933, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hawks, in honor of Harris K. Prior
Accession Number: 1974.103
Location: Currently on view
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This painting of a shoeshine boy is a part of a series Luks made of young boys who worked on the streets of New York.
[Gallery label text, 2007

Luks, like Glackens, was originally from Philadelphia and moved to New York City in 1896. He was one of The Eight who exhibited together at Macbeth Gallery in 1908, and his painting of a boy with dice reflects his interest in depicting aspects of life in the lower classes. Here, a boy who looks to be no more than ten is smoking, more than likely earning his own living as a shoeshine boy, and supplementing his income by gambling.

The painting, inscribed To Elizabeth, was given by the artist to his student, Elizabeth Olds, who studied with him at the Art Students League in New York City. Elizabeth Olds was an accomplished printmaker and, like her teacher, believed in the importance of art for all people, not just the upper classes.

[Gallery label text, 2003]

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Artist's signature, upper right: To Elizabeth/George Luks


Provenance
Given to Elizabeth Olds, New York, by the artist; purchased by ACA Gallery, New York; purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fraad; purchased by Gabriel and Schneider Galleries, New York; purchased by Walter Chrysler; purchased by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York; purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hawks, Rochester, NY; given to the Gallery in 1974

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on George Luks' Boy with Dice, written by Bruce Weber.


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