Wandering the beach at Coney Island as a spectator, Marsh sketched and photographed the bodies on display, later incorporating them into his compositions. Our magnet of Marsh's painting Lifeguards depicts his fascination with New Yorkers' rejection of decorum, order, and restraint, epitomizing the boldness of spirit that made this city unique. By painting ordinary subjects such as Coney Island lifeguards in compositions derived from the old masters, Marsh elevated everyday modern life to the level of myth.
Reginald Marsh (1898-1954)
Tempera on hardboard panel
Georgia Museum of Art, 1948.205
2011 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY