|George Benjamin Luks* - Knitting for the Soldiers|
*George Benjamin Luks, (August 13, 1867–October 29, 1933) was an American Realist artist and illustrator. His vigorously painted genre paintings of urban subjects are examples of the Ashcan School of American art.
Luks was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Central European immigrants. His father was a physician/apothecary and his mother was an amateur painter and musician. The Luks family eventually moved to Pottsville, in southern Pennsylvania near the coal fields. In this setting, he learned at a young age about poverty and compassion as he observed his parents helping the coal miners' families.