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George Tooker

American Painter

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Born: August 5th, 1920 - Brooklyn, New York

Died: March 27th, 2011 - Hartland, Vermont

"Symbolism can be limiting and dangerous, but I don't care for art without it."

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George Tooker's eerie and captivating paintings took on art's biggest themes of desire, death, religion, and grief. As a queer artist working in the 1950s, Tooker railed against the established status quo in both his life and art, with his work focusing primarily on critiquing the isolation and disaffection prevalent in an increasingly Capitalist and bureaucratic world. His works combine qualities of Surrealist dreamscapes, political commentary, and Renaissance painting techniques to create disturbing, yet beautiful, images of everyday human struggles.

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