Wooden Horses, 1936


Reginald Marsh
American, b. France 1898-1954

Wooden Horses, 1936
engraving with etching on wove paper
8 x 13 3/8 inches
Collection purchase
Syracuse University Art Collection, 1964.084

© The Art Students League of New York/ Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Reginald Marsh’s Wooden Horses portrays the dynamism and excitement of a Coney Island carousel on which riders could reportedly reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. The print’s focus is the three figures at center: a woman on horseback and a man and woman sharing a mount. Marsh establishes depth by depicting the far side of the ride, which is filled with numerous loosely drawn figures. The carousel’s ceiling beams and fascia design create alternating light and dark patterns that develop movement and flux in the image.

Ada Turemis



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