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George Benjamin Luks
American, (active 1867–1933)

Tea Party

1922

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, New York
Dimensions:
24 3/8 in. x 20 3/8 in. (61.91 cm x 51.75 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1985.0016

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

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Elderly women were a favorite subject of Luks's, particularly during the 1920s and 1930s. The technique seen in "Tea Party" is typical of his work overall, particularly in the use of broad blocks of color to depict objects and the lack of delineation in the figures’ faces and clothing. The painting conveys the sense of clear and immediate observation—Luks enveloped the women in warm and cheerful light, capturing their postures in silhouette against a bright background. He depicted the easy familiarity of dowagers in company; while the term “tea party” suggests a formal social ritual, these women are companionable and contented. They are individual people, but they are also types that Luks would have seen daily in the urban setting.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 46, p. 124.

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