Painter of "High Yaller" and "Why Not Use the 'L'?"

Reginald Marsh Self-Portrait 1933

Reginald Marsh Self Portrait 1933

Marsh is best known as a painter and illustrator of urban scenes, particularly street life and the beaches around New York City. Born in Paris to parents who were artists, and coming from a well-to-do background, Marsh practiced at illustration and cartooning, and then studied with artist John Sloan at the Art Students League in New York City. A trip to europe to study Old Master paintings had a profound influence on his direction and philosophy of art. He is sometimes classified as belonging to the "Fourteenth Street School" which had a concentration on figurative realism.

In style, Marsh concentrated on accurately recording his own views of city scenes with a documentarian thoroughness, cataloging images of burlesque shows, homelessness, night-life scenes and tenements.

He worked in oil, tempera, ink drawings, and etchings. He died of a heart attack on July 3, 1954, in Dorset, Vermont.

'her first lynching' - 1934 cartoon

THis is her first lynching

View enlarged - "This is her first lynching" - 1934 cartoon

New Book on Marsh Coming - Oct 2012

Swing Time Reginald Marsh New York City

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: D Giles Ltd
Coming in October 2012.

Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

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