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Street Scene (Hester Street)

George Benjamin Luks

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
By 1905 Hester Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was a center for the thousands of Jewish immigrants who had begun arriving in New York City in the 1870s. Many native New Yorkers feared the impact of these newcomers, while others, such as George Benjamin Luks, were fascinated by them. Luks saw the picturesque potential of Hester Street, but instead of portraying the crowd as a homogeneous mass, he focused on individuals interacting and contributing to the vitality of a changing New York.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1905
DIMENSIONS 25 13/16 x 35 7/8 in. (65.5 x 91.1 cm) frame: 32 1/2 x 43 x 3 in. (82.6 x 109.2 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "George Luks"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933). Street Scene (Hester Street), 1905. Oil on canvas, 25 13/16 x 35 7/8 in. (65.5 x 91.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 40.339 (Photo: , 40.339_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 40.339_PS9.jpg., 2019
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