120.1 cm x 89.6 cm (47 5/16 in. x 35 1/4 in.)
(Paris, France, 1898 - 1954, Dorset, Vermont)
North America, American
Medium and Support:
Tempera and collaged canvas on board
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1991
Night has fallen on a commercial district in New York City. In the background a straggling shopper exits the doorway of a store, while in the foreground, an ordinary old man, perhaps homeless, leans on a pilaster. In Reginald Marsh’s Chatham Square, the near magical light of store windows illuminates a typical night of street hustle and bustle.
The bum figure in the foreground of Chatham Square is a frequent model of Marsh’s. In this work, the figure appears to have been collaged onto the surface in an attempt to add both visual and thematic depth