George Tooker

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Birthday
5, 1920
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Mar 27, 2011 (90)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
5, 1920
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Mar 27, 2011 (90)

About

Painter associated with Social Realism and Magic Realism and known for such works as "Subway" in 1950 and "Government Bureau" in 1956.

Before Fame

He studied English literature at Harvard University and briefly joined the Marine Corps before attending the Art Students League of New York. He was a student of Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller.

Trivia

He received the National Medal of Arts in 2007.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Brooklyn Heights and Bellport, New York. His father, George Clair Tooker, was Anglo/French-American, and his mother, Angela Montejo Roura, was English/Spanish-Cuban. He was the longtime partner of artist William R. Christopher.

Associated With

He and Joan Mitchell both became well-known modernist painters.

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