Bleeker and Carmine Streets
George Luks
Bleeker and Carmine Streets
George Luks (American; American Realism, The Eight, Ashcan School; 1867–1933): Bleeker and Carmine Streets, c.1915. Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 76.2 cm. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"The artists of the Ashcan School rebelled against both American Impressionism and academic realism, the two most respected and commercially successful styles in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. In contrast to the highly polished work of artists like John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, and Abbott Thayer, Ashcan works were generally darker in tone and more roughly painted. Many captured the harsher moments of modern life ..."

'The Ashcan school is sometimes linked to the group known as "The Eight," though in fact only five members of that group (Henri, Sloan, Glackens, Luks, and Shinn) were Ashcan artists. The other three -- Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, and Maurice Prendergast -- painted in a very different style, and the exhibition that brought "The Eight" to national attention took place in 1908, several years after the beginning of the Ashcan style.’

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