A sun-dappled scene of middle-class leisure, <em>Holiday on the Hudson</em> is an atypical work by Luks, who more often turned to gritty tenement subjects for inspiration. Throughout his career, the painter fashioned himself as a brash, profane, and hard-drinking antagonist to New York’s genteel art-world establishment. The museum purchased this work just four months before the artist was beaten to death in the wake of a speakeasy argument.

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  • Title: Holiday on the Hudson
  • Creator: George Luks (American, 1866–1933)
  • Date Created: c. 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 96.5 x 111.5 x 6 cm (38 x 43 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 76.2 x 91.7 cm (30 x 36 1/8 in.)
  • Provenance: (C. W. Kraushaar Galleries, New York).
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1933.2291
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: signed lower right: George Luks
  • Fun Fact: Luks often boasted about being an amateur boxing champion, but this was later revealed to be a tall tale.
  • Department: American Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: America, 20th century
  • Credit Line: Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
  • Collection: American - Painting
  • Accession Number: 1933.2291

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