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Coney Island Beach

Accession Number
1956/1.52

Title
Coney Island Beach

Artist(s)
Reginald Marsh

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Medium & Support
etching on paper

Object Creation Date
1934

Object Creation Place
New York

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Dimensions
9 3/4 in x 9 7/8 in (24.77 cm x 25.08 cm);9 3/4 in x 9 7/8 in (24.77 cm x 25.08 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm)

Primary Object Classification
Print
Primary Object Type
intaglio print


Physical Description
This print shows a festive, large, dense crowd of people at a beach. Some figures on the right side of the print appear to be climbing on top of each other in a human pyramid. To the left is a bridge or boardwalk that is also crowded with people.

Primary Keywords
beaches
bathers
summer (season)
bathing suits
genre (visual works)
leisure

swimmers

Secondary Keywords
Coney Island
standing
reclining
seated
beaches
bathers
modern and contemporary art
males

Rights
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Modern and Contemporary

Subject matter
Marsh made several prints, photographs, and paintings of the crowds at Coney Island Beach. While many other artists were documenting social conditions and the effects the Great Depression on labor and families, Marsh was concerned with the pasttimes of Americans. He sketched and photographed their leisure activies and then created prints and paintings from them. They frequently included contorted bodies involved in beach stunts with the emphasis on their physical interactions rather than their individuality. In this etching, Marsh shows some figures climbing on top of each other to form a human pyramid of some sort, while others are vying for a spot on the sand. Onlookers gaze over the balcony down at the masses.  

Keywords
beaches
bathers
summer (season)
bathing suits
genre (visual works)
leisure
swimmers

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