On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
In this vivid Depression-era painting of one of the wild “bowl” rides at Coney Island, friends and strangers alike are thrown into contact by the overpowering centrifugal force. Reginald Marsh described the chaotic tangle of female bodies with the sensual physicality for which his work was best known.
From the mid-nineteenth century, Coney Island’s amusements offered New Yorkers the freedom to spend their hard-won moments of leisure in an atmosphere of unfettered frivolity.
Egg tempera on pressed wood panel
35 7/8 x 59 15/16in. (91.1 x 152.2cm)
frame: 45 x 68 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (114.3 x 174.9 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Reginald Marsh"
Gift of William T. Evans, by exchange
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Reginald Marsh (American, 1898-1954). The Bowl, 1933. Egg tempera on pressed wood panel, 35 7/8 x 59 15/16in. (91.1 x 152.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of William T. Evans, by exchange, 42.404. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 42.404_SL1.jpg)
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