Street Scene (Hester Street)
George Benjamin Luks
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945, 5th Floor
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
Signed lower right: "George Luks"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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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
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