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.