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.
- George Benjamin Luks
- The Butcher Cart
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed l.l.: "Geo. B. Luks. 1901."
- 55.9 × 68.6 cm (22 × 27 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection