Dec 6, 2012

1931 Coupe

1931 Coupe


Reginald Marsh

(American, 1898-1954)

Watercolor over graphite

Support: White wove paper

Sheet: 35.4 x 50.7 cm (13 15/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Felicia Meyer Marsh 1979.66


Did you know?

Marsh had a long-standing interest in transportation, seen throughout even his childhood drawings.


Although he was best known for depictions of New York City, Reginald Marsh also had a lasting interest in transportation and industry, including trains, bridges, and factories. In many of these works, he focused on the dominating physical presence of machines. This drawing depicts a luxury car—a custom-bodied Model G close-coupled sports coupe made by the elite auto maker duPont. Fewer than 600 of the cars were made. Marsh worked in watercolor but used a drier brush to paint the car's tires so that the white of the paper shows through in tiny spots and contrasts with the smoothly painted metal elements. Made at the height of the Great Depression, a time during which many specialized auto manufacturers went out of business, the artist may have intended to suggest the demise of such extravagances.

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