Description

    REGINALD MARSH (American, 1898-1954)
    Two Girls, 1951
    Oil on masonite panel
    23-1/2 x 19-1/2 inches (59.7 x 49.5 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: R. MARSH 1951

    PROVENANCE:
    Estate of Reginald Marsh;
    Collection of Mrs. Reginald Marsh;
    Private collection, New York.

    This subject of this late-career work by Reginald Marsh is one that engrossed the artist throughout his life--vivacious urban working girls enjoying their leisure time. Here Marsh presents two young women standing on a boardwalk at the beach with the shoreline in the distance.

    As Marsh scholar Dr. Norman Sasowsky has generously shared with Heritage: "The drawing is of high quality and a fine example of Marsh's work in this medium. Marsh gave up doing large egg tempera paintings in the 40s, but continued to experiment with various mixed media including egg tempera, oil, glue, underpainting with various washes, ink, etc." According to Dr. Sasowsky, the textured gesso panel was something Marsh chose intentionally for a number of his late paintings. He notes, " The gesso is probably true gesso. I once made a gesso panel for him as a gift and ultimately saw the painting he created on it. Marsh usually had others prepare his gesso grounds."

    In a letter of authentication which accompanies the present lot, Dr. Sasowsky notes that he examined this painting firsthand in the years following the artist's death. He notes: "At the time of Marsh's death, Mrs. Marsh's attorney, Joseph Walker III, arranged for Senator William Benton to purchase a half interest in the art work left in Marsh's Estate. Benton and Marsh had been friends at Yale. I was retained to divide the work between Mrs. Marsh and Benton. Benton's interest was to facilitate caring for Marsh's work and making it possible for me to curate and catalog the work remaining at the time of Marsh's death. I did this under the guidance of the Director of the Whitney Museum, Lloyd Goodrich, another of Marsh's friends. This painting was part of Marsh's Estate and became part of Mrs. Marsh's Collection. I included it in my unpublished catalog of the Estate as 51-12, 51 representing the year it was created."

    We are grateful to Dr. Norman Sasowsky for his scholarly generosity in the preparation of this catalogue note. Dr. Sasowsky endorses a full attribution to Reginald Marsh, having seen the painting in person in the years after the artist's death, and having examined it more recently through high quality photographs.


    Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Very good condition. Under UV examination, there is no evidence of in-painting. According to Dr. Norman Sasowsky, the painting was conserved in 1979 by Alan Farrancz, which largely consisted of a surface cleaning to remove grime. Framed Dimensions 32.5 X 29 Inches

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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