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Allen Tucker Portrait

Allen Tucker

Brooklyn, New York 1866

New York, New York 1939

Photo Caption:
Allen Tucker, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0024455

Luce Artist Quote

“It is the pursuit of happiness that makes life worth living and it is the pursuit toward an unattainable perfection that makes painting worth doing.” Allen Tucker, quoted in Watson, Allen Tucker Memorial Exhibition, 1940

Luce Artist Biography

Allen Tucker was often called “the American Van Gogh.” His closest friend, critic Forbes Watson, described him as “brilliantly communicative, passionately in love with art in all its forms, with an ear for music, an eye for painting . . . genial and provocative in talk.” (Goley, in The Vibrant Landscape, 1997) Tucker exhibited his work with a New York group called the Independents, who wanted to shake up the conservative ideas of the National Academy of Design. He was also a founding member of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, which staged the famous Armory Show of modern art in 1913.