The crowds inside a 14th Street subway station

Reginald Marsh painted everything in his New York of the 1930s and 1940s: Bowery crowds, showgirls, forgotten men, Coney Island beachgoers, tugboats, panhandlers, and shoppers.

So of course he would take his sketchpad and chronicle New Yorkers using mass transit underground. In 1930 he painted “Subway, 14th Street,” showing a crowd of city residents rushing en masse to or from the train, each absorbed in his or her own world.

If only the newspaper headlines were a little easier for viewers to read!

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10 Responses to “The crowds inside a 14th Street subway station”

  1. Dymoon Says:

    I love your blogs.. this one is “fab”

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you! No one paints NYC like Reginald Marsh.

  3. Jim Rynne Says:

    As a kid in the mid sixties and a teen in the early seventies always loved detraining at 14th street either for a transfer or for the walk over to the Academy of Music. Carried with the crowds over iron catwalks thru tunnels the roar of trains constant. Faced with choices always followed the crowd to the surface. It seemed to me then that this was the mixing bowl of the city where the vibe turned youthful and more so if you continued your journey further downtown.

  4. Bob_in_MA Says:

    He was one of very few modern artists who have mastered egg tempera. These paintings have have a wonderful translucence. But it’s a very difficult medium, I believe.

  5. Tom B Says:

    Are there any artist now who do such work in the everyday city? Thanks for making me aware of Reginald Marsh.

  6. Ruth-Ann Rosenthal Says:

    love it!! never seen this one and RM is a favorite of mine

  7. Ruth-Ann Rosenthal Says:

    BTW, where is this painting?

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