George Tooker

American, 1920–2011

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George Tooker

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American, 1920–2011

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George Tooker was a painter associated with Magical Realism, though he did not find this label applicable to his interests or work. Many of Tooker’s works dealt with themes of isolation and despondency in contemporary urban life, and disillusionment with bureaucratic political systems. Tooker studied under Socialist Realist painters Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League in New York, but was equally influenced by Renaissance painters Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca. As a result of this training and inspiration, Tooker began first to experiment with and then fully adopt as his primary medium egg tempera painting. During and after the 1980s, his subjects moved towards the spiritual and religious, with symbols and images drawn from Biblical and mythological sources.

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Biography

George Tooker was a painter associated with Magical Realism, though he did not find this label applicable to his interests or work. Many of Tooker’s works dealt with themes of isolation and despondency in contemporary urban life, and disillusionment with bureaucratic political systems. Tooker studied under Socialist Realist painters Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League in New York, but was equally influenced by Renaissance painters Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca. As a result of this training and inspiration, Tooker began first to experiment with and then fully adopt as his primary medium egg tempera painting. During and after the 1980s, his subjects moved towards the spiritual and religious, with symbols and images drawn from Biblical and mythological sources.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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