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Reginald Marsh
American, 1898–1954

Girl on Carousel Horse


Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, New York
16 in. x 12 1/8 in. (40.64 cm x 30.8 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on wood panel
Accession Number: 1995.0009.0002

Credit Line: Gift of Babette L. and Charles H. Wampold
Copyright: © Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Girl on Carousel Horse, employs one of Marsh's favorite motifs. Women riding carousel horses appear in dozens of Marsh's compositions from etchings and engravings to other oils. Marsh produced a whole series of Merry-Go-Round prints in 1930, 1936, 1938, 1940, and 1943. Like the rest of his works, by 1943 the carousel image had become less detailed and more intensely focused on the horse and rider rather than the surrounding setting. The MMFA's painting, a late work from 1948, exhibits this later style. The composition has been stripped of most external detail and focuses solely on the woman and her carousel horse.

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