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The Old Duchess

Artist:
George Luks (American, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 1866–1933 New York)
Date:
1905
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.41.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772
Luks showed this canvas in the landmark show of the Eight at New York’s Macbeth Galleries in February 1908. In 1916 his dealer, Kraushaar Galleries, included it in another exhibition. Reviewing that show, the critic James Gibbons Huneker described the painting’s subject: “In life she was an elderly hag with a distinguished bearing, a depraved woman of rank, who wore five or six dresses at once, on her head a shapeless yet attractive gear, and in her pocket she carried a fat roll of bills for purposes of dissipation, or bribery, or for bailing out some Tenderloin wreck. She is maleficence incarnate.”
Signature: [lower right]: Geo B Luks / 1905
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