Allen Tucker

(1866-1939)

In the early twentieth century Allen Tucker gained the reputation as "America's Van Gogh". His use of vibrant colors and expressive brushwork won the artist popularity with both collectors and critics. Early in his career, Tucker studied under master Impressionist John Twachtman, and developed a close friendship and respect for the older artist. Tucker was a founder of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, the organizing group for 1913's famous Armory Show (in which Tucker exhibited five works). He also exhibited with the Society of Independent artists, becoming the organizations director a few years later, and taught in the 1920's at the Art Students League. In 1931 he authored a book on Twachtman's art. Tucker passed away in 1939.