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Reginald Marsh



Generations of painters had found a special magic in New York City, and Marsh was on e of the several key painters to record the energy and vitality of the era.  As a member of the 4th Street School, his depictions of the physical and social life of the newly commercialized city widened the range of realist art initiated by the Ash Can Painters.  Marsh's subjects included crowded streets, shop windows, movie houses, burlesque halls, street people, the crowded beaches o Coney Island and various forms of recreation developed to satisfy the needs of a new urban population. 

Many of the "Marsh Girl" types, as one of his devices came to be known as, resemble the heroines of the time: voluptuous women projecting a potent sexual aura.  While Marsh's women were portrayed in a stylized fashion, his men were rendered more realistically and with greater insight into their character.  A recurrent them of the artist is the placement of a lurking male figure off to the side of the composition.

From 1939 onward, the artist began to use only watercolor almost exclusively in the production of finished studio paintings.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
Reginald Marsh, Usherette, (detail) 1939





Reginald Marsh (American, born France, 1898-1954)
Usherette, 1939, watercolor on paper
Gift of Felicia Meyer Marsh
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Reginald Marsh (American, born France, 1898-1954)
Two Girls Walking/Three Girls Standing
, 1946,
double-sided watercolor painting on paper,
Gift of Felicia Meyer Marsh
larger image





Reginald Marsh (American, born France, 1898-1954)
Two Girls Walking/Three Girls Standing
, 1946,
double-sided watercolor painting on paper,
Gift of Felicia Meyer Marsh
larger image

 

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