Reginald Marsh was drawn to people and places unique to New York City. In 1944 he said, “In the winter I find the same themes on the streets, or in the theaters, but Coney Island is the best... I like to go to Coney Island because of the sea, the open air, and the crowds... I failed to find anything like it in Europe.” Inspired by the Old Masters, Marsh’s Coney Island beach scenes with their tumble of grotesque bathers suggest a bacchanal or Last Judgement scene.
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes another beach scene by Marsh, Coney Island Beach No. 1 (Eskenazi Museum of Art 71.14.25).
Black ink and gray ink wash on paper
Image: 22 x w. 30 1/2 in. (55.9 x 77.5 cm); sheet: 22 ½ x 31 (57.2 x 78.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Bequest of Felicia Marsh, 79.43.3
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