Dance Marathon by Reginald Marsh, American, 1898-1954, circa 1931

Dance Marathon by Reginald Marsh, American, 1898-1954, circa 1931


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Marsh did not plan to be a painter, and after graduation from Yale in 1920, he moved to New York to become an illustrator. He got a job doing cartoon reviews of vaudeville and burlesque shows for the New York Daily News and in 1925, when the New Yorker was founded, Marsh was one of its original contributors. Marsh continued to submit drawings to Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Fortune, and Life even after he determined to be a painter in the 1920s. A frequent traveler to Europe, Marsh adapted the techniques and spatial arrangements of Old Master painting to his own canvases, but continued to prowl New York's back streets, sketching Bowery bums, burlesque queens, and the crush of people around Union Square and 14th Street. Etching and engraving. (Sasowsky 112). Inscribed l.l. "First Trial Proof" and signed l.r. "Reginald Marsh". 12" x 14 1/2"; plate: 4 7/8" x 6 3/4". Good condition.

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