Artwork Title: Lily Williams - Artist Name: George LuksArtwork Title: Lily Williams - Artist Name: George Luks

Lily Williams, 1909

George Luks

A few years back, a Sotheby’s auctioneer banged his gavel on a $1.9 million winning bid for an oil painting of a little girl named Lily Williams, a red-cheeked ragamuffin from the East Side slums whose blue eyes sparkle like sapphires. “A child of the slums will make a better painting than a drawing-room lady gone over by a beauty shop,” Luks said. “Down there, people are what they are.” (


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