crowded scene of overlapping figures; male figure on stomach outstretched out across bottom; grey tones with a few touches of other colors

© 2014 Estate of Reginald Marsh %2F Art Students League%2C New York %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Coney Island Bathers, c. 1946

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If Reginald Marsh stole anything during his frequent visits to the Louvre, it was the spirit of the Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. And he took it straight to the teeming city of New York. Here the pumped-up bodies belong not to gods and heroes but to ordinary, anonymous people just getting through life and occasionally looking for a good time. Yet there is often an undercurrent of sadness in Marsh’s work. In Coney Island Bathers, people interact but show no sign of emotional connection, let alone intimacy. By the time he made this drawing, Marsh had grown less interested in the lives of his subjects and increasingly treated them as compositional elements for his painterly abstractions.

Details
Title
Coney Island Bathers
Artist Life
1898 - 1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
82.103.1
Provenance
The artist, New York (until d. 1955); Felicia Meyer Marsh, New York (1955-d. 1978; her estate, 1978-82; given to MIA).
Catalogue Raisonne
Sasowsky 1955 (unpub.)
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crowded scene of overlapping figures; male figure on stomach outstretched out across bottom; grey tones with a few touches of other colors

© 2014 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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