Our print of Twenty Cent Movie, referencing Hollywood's financial turmoil when ticket prices dropped from 30 cents to 20 cents, depicts Marsh's fascination with the crass glamour, gaudiness and sexuality the city's inhabitants exhibited in public, as well as their humanity under Depression era stress. Figures sporting styles ranging from imitation Hollywood glamour to flamboyant gangster are poised for action in this work made from drawings of the Lyric Theater on Third Avenue and 13th Street, a backdrop resembling a cinematic stage set.
11x14" matted print
Reginald Marsh (1898-1954)
Twenty Cent Movie, 1936
Egg tempera on composition board
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase 37.43
2011 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY