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The Bowl

Reginald Marsh

American Art

On View:
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.
MEDIUM Egg tempera on pressed wood panel
DATES 1933
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Reginald Marsh"
CREDIT LINE Gift of William T. Evans, by exchange
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 42.404_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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