Mar 6, 2023
Mar 6, 2023

Holiday on the Hudson

Holiday on the Hudson

c. 1912

George Luks

(American, 1866–1933)

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

Did you know?

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.

See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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