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George Benjamin Luks 1867 - 1933

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  • George Benjamin Luks
  • My Garden, Berk Hills
  • signed George Luks (lower center); also titled My Garden, Berk Hills on the reverse
  • watercolor and tempera on paper
  • 14 by 19 3/4 inches
  • (35.6 by 50.2 cm)
  • Executed circa 1931.


Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Private Collection, circa 1970 (probably acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner


Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco, California, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, September 1976-April 1977, p. 289, illustrated fig. 249, p. 288 

Catalogue Note

Judith O'Toole writes, "Also in the mid-twenties, Luks purchased an old farm house in the Berkshires near Old Chatham, New York to which he retreated in the summer months. He had a great passion for this farm which was beautifully picturesque in its isolated setting against the blue tinted mountains...The watercolors of this period are again among the best he ever produced. His mastery of color is fully evoked, employing the brilliant primary colors along with everything in between" (George Luks: An Artistic Legacy, New York, Owen Gallery, 1997, p. 29).