Reuben Alvin Jukes (Jucksch) (Canadian, 1887-1959)
This is an oil painting by Canadian artist Rube Jukes. It measures 22.25 x 16.25 in (56.5 x 41.3 cm), is painted on canvas and on a wooden stretcher. Glue like spots on back could be old repairs. This is a beautiful scene labeled "Pont-du-Batharamm, Begium 1918" and is not a war scene. Signed Jukes 1920. I have not found references for same name in Belgium.
Reuben Jukes (Jucksch) was born in Hanover, Ontario, in 1887. In November 1914, aged 27, he enlisted as a private in the 20th. Canadian Battalion. His enlistment papers give his trade as "artist". After training in England his battalion was sent to the Front in January 1916, but in April he was diagnosed as suffering from 'neurasthenia', a polite term for shell-shock, and was sent back to England to recover. By May 1917 he was back in active service, only to suffer a gas attack in April 1918 which necessitated a return to England for treatment and convalescence. He never returned to the fighting, and was formerly discharged from the Army in May 1919. He returned to Canada and opened a sign shop in Kitchener in 1940 The sign shop is still in business today.
Jukes was not an official war artist, but family tradition holds that his commanding officer turned a blind eye when Jukes painted the scenes that confronted him whilst on active service. Well known Family from the Kitchener Waterloo area of Ontario.