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The Polka Dot Dress

1927 George Luks Born: Williamsport, Pennsylvania 1866 Died: New York, New York 1933 oil on canvas 58 x 37 in. (147.4 x 94.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Howard Weingrow 1969.148 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 34B


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George Luks depicted a working-class woman looking regal in her polka-dot dress, white gloves, and flowered hat. She wears her finery proudly as if to defy anyone who might look down on her. Luks felt at home in the slums of New York and often commented on the honesty and humility of workers. His portraits and genre scenes insisted on the humanity of people on the margins of society. As one Harper’s Weekly critic wrote, “. . . fearless good nature and a genuine tenderness . . . help make George Luks’ paintings about as vital an art as one can imagine.” (O’Toole, George Luks: An American Artist, 1987)

Keywords

Dress - accessory - glove

Dress - accessory - handbag

Dress - accessory - hat

Figure female - full length

Object - furniture - chair

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About George Luks

Born: Williamsport, Pennsylvania 1866 Died: New York, New York 1933

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