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The 22.5" by 17.6" print closed at $80.00. Auction page is here.

The Making of a Nation, a program in Special English by the Voice of America, included this line (article here):

"The same social concern and desire to present life as it really existed also were clear in the work of many American artists during the nineteen-thirties. Thomas Benton painted workers and others with strong tough bodies. Edward Hopper showed the sad streets of American cities. Reginald Marsh painted picture after picture of poor parts of New York City. "

CT NOW reports on an exhibit Vibrant Visions which includes Reginald Marsh artwork here.

"Burchfield and Marsh: Exaggerated Visions"

The Hartford Courant newspaper reports on the Marsh and Burchfield exhibit showing at the William Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT:

"Realist painter Reginald March was a blueblood born in Paris and drawn to the daily, sometimes seedy, life of America's metropolises. Charles Burchfield was born and studied in Ohio and, after a short time in New York, returned to his home state to paint the landscape of his environment.

Both artists made their mark in the 1930s and soon became known for their uniquely dramatic style and as masters of watercolor. The New Britain Museum of American Art explores these artists' parallel though distinctive visions in an exhibit that opens Sunday."

Maravian College in Pennsylvania recently discovered in its collection a previously unknown portrait Marsh painted of its 1954 school president.

"References in the Moravian College archives led Radycki to realize that the painting had its origin in an unlikely place: a New Jersey dog-racing track frequented by Marsh and Richard Jones, a professor of history at the College. When members of the Class of 1954 asked Jones to give them some ideas for the customary senior class gift, he told them the College as yet owned no portrait of its current president. And he just happened to know this artist in New York… The class collected $500 and made an appointment to visit Marsh at his studio.

Marsh was so touched by the small collection, which was nowhere near what he charged for a painting, that he agreed at least to come to Moravian College and meet its president. ...Haupert sat for the painting in Comenius Hall, where anyone in the College could stop by the makeshift “studio” and observe the portrait sittings.

Newswise has the Colleges news release talking about the discovery here. The Maravian College web site is here.

The 20th anniversary of the Muscarelle Museum at William & Mary college (Williamsburg, VA) includes particular notice of the Marsh painting Coffee Pot in their collection. Article here. Welcome page for the museum is here.


ARTNET Review of the DC Moore Gallery Marsh show
From 2002:

"Reginald Marsh was America's first street painter, whose bustling panoramas of 1930s New York still have a real-life vitality. Marsh chronicled the city's seedier side with an Old Master's zeal, giving its bums, strippers and Coney Island bathers a mythic dignity."

  • Written by Ned Higgins. Complete article here.
  • Also see a pix of Marsh's 1940 WOMAN IN A BLUE DRESS oil painting here.

Arizona State University has a short page and bio with 2 images Here.
Article written by Muriel Weithorn, ASU Art Museum Board Member and Research Volunteer:

"It has been said that Marsh was intrigued by the blatant sexuality of the new American society. This is obvious as one looks at these two pictures. The panel with two figures reveals an extremely attractive woman with strong, muscular legs who is looking down as she walks. The older man in the background stares almost vacantly and does not appear to be a menacing figure. The panel with one figure portrays a sensuous woman whose strength, conveyed by her upright posture and striding pace, is belied by the emptiness of her gaze. Were Marsh's "floozies", as they have been called, the "forebears of Warhol's portraits of Marilyn Monroe?"

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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

By Barbara Haskell (Editor), Erika Doss, Barbara Haskell, Jackson Lears, Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, and Sasha Nicholas Morris Dickstein (Editor)

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