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The Illusion of the American Frontier

From 03 November 2015 to 07 February 2016

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Edward S. Curtis
An Oasis in the Badlands (detail), 1905
Photography, gelatin silver. 15.2 x 20.2 cm
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.

Biography and Works

Reginald Marsh
París, 1898-Dorset, 1954


Reginald Marsh was born in Paris, on 14 March 1898. In 1900, his parents, American artists, moved to Nutley, New Jersey, and subsequently to New Rochelle, New York. At Yale University, Marsh studied art and drew illustrations for The Yale Record. After graduation in 1920, he worked as a freelance illustrator in New York. Between 1922 and 1925, Marsh drew city subjects and theatrical sketches for the Daily News, and designed theatre curtains and sets in New York and Provincetown, MA. He married the sculptor Betty Burroughs in 1923. Marsh's first one-man show was at the Whitney Studio Club in 1924. In 1925, Marsh worked for the New Yorker, did freelance work for Esquire, Fortune and Life magazines, and made the first of six European trips. In 1927, he enrolled at the Art Students League to study with Kenneth Hayes Miller, George Bridgeman, George Luks, Macque Maroger, Stanley William Hayter and Mahonri Young. Marsh studied anatomy at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and later wrote Anatomy for Artists. Marsh's first marriage ended in divorce, and in 1934 he married the painter, Felicia Meyer. In the mid-1930s, Marsh received commissions for murals in the Washington, DC,. Post Office Building and the New York Custom House. Though painting and exhibiting regularly, Marsh assumed a full-time teaching position at the Art Students League in 1942. In 1943, he was the artist correspondent for Life magazine in Brazil, Cuba and Trinidad. Marsh was a summer guest instructor at Mills College, Oakland, California, in 1946, and in 1949 was appointed head of the Department of Painting at the Moore Institute of Art, Science and Industry in Philadelphia. Marsh died in Dorset, Vermont, on 3 July 1954

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