Louis Hankes (1882-1943) American
Hankes studied at the Art Institute of Chicago; in 1911 he had a studio space in the Tree Studio Building but his home was on the far West Side. His technique resembles that of John F. Carlson.
Hankes utilized a broad but controlled brushwork in which forms are defined by dynamic strokes of impasto pigment, and a basically sculpturesque treatment of nature’s massive forms. Spatial depth is usually laid out with utmost clarity. Broken brushwork and blue and violet shadows are part of the technique of Hankes: remnants of the impressionist aesthetic.
Richard H. Love and Michael Preston Worley, Ph. D. Reflections of Reality: American Paintings from the Collection of John and Susan Hainsworth, p. 44