Oil on canvas
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.)
Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1933.2291
Luks often boasted about being an amateur boxing champion, but this was later revealed to be a tall tale.
A sun-dappled scene of middle-class leisure, Holiday on the Hudson 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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