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Reginald Marsh
(American, b. France, 1898 -1954)
Merry-Go-Round, 1940
Engraving, 7 3/4" x 11”
Margery Wolf-Kuhn Art Acquisition Endowment Fund (86.044)

Reginald Marsh specialized in images of everyday life in New York City.  In Merry-Go-Round, one of Marsh’s many prints and paintings of Coney Island amusements, a pair of young women ride carousel horses.  Despite the frantic action of the subject, Marsh’s engraving is marked by formal poise and solid, volumetric rendering -- a reflection of the artist’s keen interest in the art of the Renaissance.  For Marsh, it was the duty of American artists to render the local scene using the tried-and-true principles of the Old Masters.

Born in Paris to artist parents, Marsh attended Yale University, where he contributed cartoons to the Yale Record.  Settling afterwards in New York, he continued his art studies and made his way as a freelance illustrator.  Introduced to both printmaking and the Old Masters through Kenneth Hayes Miller, Marsh confirmed his taste for classic art on a trip to Europe in 1925-26.  In the years following his return, he executed a number of mural projects and served as an instructor at the Art Students League of New York.