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The Haney Kid

George Benjamin Luks, American, (August 13, 1867–October 30, 1933)

Creation date: ca. 1923-1924
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
Accession Number: 1934.121
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Mrs. Henry A. Everett, Pasadena, California ( - December 19, 1934)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 19, 1934 - )

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IDOL OF THE MODERNS: PIERRE-AUGUST RENIOR AND AMERICAN PAINTING, 06/02

Luks credited Renoir with being the one French artist from whom he had learned anything. Indeed, the ability of the American artist to combine traditional subjects with modernist technique and color refers to Renoir’s work. In addition, to amplify the intimacy of this painting, Luks followed Renoir’s example of casual pose and tight cropping.

AMERICAN INSTALLATION
October 2004
George Luks was one of the artists included in The Eight, a group affiliated with Robert Henri. These artists turned away from the genteel art prevalent at the turn of the twentieth century and favored, instead, a more robust interpretation of life in urban America. Unlike the others in the group, Luks didn't paint scenes of the metropolitan milieu but instead focused on canvases that depicted the colorful personalities of those around him. He favored broad, flat masses of color and visible brushstrokes and combined traditional portrait compositions with modernist techniques.

October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director Collections & Exhibitions
George Luks
American • 1867–1933
The Haney Kid
Oil on canvas • ca. 1923–1924
Luks spent nearly a decade in Europe studying at art acade- mies in Düsseldorf, Munich, London and Paris before returning to Philadelphia where he worked as a newspaper illustrator- reporter and became associated with future members of The Eight including Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, William Glackens and John Sloan. After moving to New York, Luks took up painting, adopting a style similar to Henri and the Ashcan School, employing a dark palette and quick brushwork. His work focused on urban genre scenes and studies of working- class people rendered with frank realism derived from direct observation. The Haney Kid was painted while Luks was a teacher at the Art Students League or shortly after he estab- lished his own art school in 1924.
Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
1934.121
Last Updated: 10/20/2014

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 5/29/1935 - 11/11/1935

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 2/12/1936 - 9/9/1936

Tacoma Art Museum Exhibition , 11/14/1979 - 12/30/1979

Idol of the Moderns: Pierre-August Renoir and American Painting San Diego Museum of Art , 6/29/2002 - 2/16/2003

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Reginald Poland. A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 11

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 8-9

Mr. Reginald Poland. Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: xxxviii, lii, Figure Number: 621

Mr. Reginald Poland. Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: xxxviii, lii, Figure Number: 621

Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: 32 no. 621

Illustrated Catalogue of the Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1936
Page Number: 29, no. 314

The Art Digest The Art Digest. New York, New York, February 15, 1935
Page Number: 18, Figure Number: 18

John Diffily. Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West, Inc.. Colorado Springs, Colorado, Spring 1983
Page Number: 98, Figure Number: 98

Anne E. Dawson. Idol of the Moderns: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2002
Page Number: 74 no. 29, 88, Figure Number: 29

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