Reginald Marsh (March 14, 1898 – July 3, 1954; American painter, born in Paris, most notable for his depictions of life in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Crowded Coney Island beach scenes, popular entertainments such as vaudeville and burlesque, women, and jobless men on the Bowery are subjects that reappear throughout his work. He painted in egg tempera and in oils, and produced many watercolors, ink and ink wash drawings, and prints. ( )

His drawings and paintings convey the energy of city life in the early years of the 20th century. From happy crowds at amusement parks like Coney Island to derelicts in the Bowery, his work captures the flavor of life in New York City in the 1920s and 30s. Regarded as an American Scene painter, one of a number of American artists who portrayed specific regions of the country in a realistic style. Born in Paris, he moved with his family to the US 2 years later. During the 1920s he studied at the Art Students League in New York, and also worked as an illustrator for the New York Daily News, the New York Herald, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar. An original staff member of The New Yorker. From 1925-1926 Marsh studied in Paris, and after his return to New York City resumed classes at the Art Students League with Kenneth Hayes Miller. Unlike the social realists, Marsh created art that was not of vigorous protest; rather he cast a knowing eye on urban life, which he depicted with gentle satire. The vitality of the city fascinated him. In prints as well as paintings, he portrayed subways, nightclubs, and everyday street scenes in a style that reflected his admiration for European old master artists such as Peter Paul Rubens. He completed murals for the Ariel Rios Building (formerly the US Post Office Building) in Washington, DC, and for the Customs House in New York City. Marsh died in Dorset, Vermont, in 1954.
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