The Butcher Cart

A work made of oil on canvas.

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Date:

1901

Artist:

George Benjamin Luks
American, 1867–1933

About this artwork

George Luks is known for his unromanticized depictions of the slums and crowded market streets of lower Manhattan. In The Butcher Cart, he portrayed a dark view of New York street life, frankly acknowledging modern technology and class stratification. An old-fashioned horse-drawn cart packed with butchered pigs lumbers down a slushy street, steered by a man hunched over the reins. In contrast to this hardworking man, middle-class urbanites shop and spend money in the background, while an elevated train, a sign of urban progress, runs on raised tracks in the distance. Despite his dark palette, Luks conveyed the physical energy of the neighborhood through bold, expressive brushwork.

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

George Benjamin Luks

Title

The Butcher Cart

Origin

United States

Date

1901

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed l.l.: "Geo. B. Luks. 1901."

Dimensions

55.9 × 68.6 cm (22 × 27 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1941.825

Extended information about this artwork

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