Franz Marc by Marc, Franz; Carl, Klaus H.; Marc, Franz
By Marc, Franz; Carl, Klaus H.; Marc, Franz
Condemned by means of the Nazis as a degenerate artist, Franz Marc (1880-1916) was once a German painter whose stark linearity and emotive use of colour eloquently expressed the ache and trauma of battle. In paintings akin to his celebrated destiny of the Animals, Marc created a uncooked emotional expression of primitive violence which he referred to as a premonition of the struggle which might finally be the reason for his personal premature dying on the age of 36. Read more...
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He drew his inspiration mostly from nature. These were landscapes, some nudes, and animals, which became extremely important and characteristic for his work. Around 1908, he began to intensify his studies of movement, behaviour, and the nature of animals. He spent hours watching and sketching cows and horses in the Bavarian meadows and deer in the woods. There is a series of photographs that Marc perhaps took himself, showing how he had sometimes even hidden in dense reeds. Deer in the Reeds (1909) is a typical work Grazing Horses I 1910 Oil on canvas, doubled, 64 x 94 cm Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich 46 47 of this period.
2 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 56 57 Städel Museum). Marc wrote a letter to Macke, which gives a fascinating insight into the technical problem with this picture. He drew a hastily jotted small sketch of the picture for his friend and wrote: „I painted my Russi lying on a field of snow, I made the snow pure white with pure blue depths, the dog, dirtyyellow. ] I will now make in stages, the dog Âmore pure colouredÊ (light yellow), each time, when the colour became purer, the coloured edges of the dog disappeared, more and more, until finally, a pure colour ratio between the yellow, the cold white of the snow, and the blue was restored.
In the process of his artistic maturation he was interested – as part of the trend of Expressionism – in universals, fundamental ethical and philosophical questions, and „the spiritual‰ and redemptive power of art in the modern world, which was, as he and his friends believed, too superficial and materialistic. 5 x 40 cm Private collection, Switzerland 48 49 important for Marc. At that time he met the painter August Macke (1887-1914) for the first time, who became a close friend and who helped Marc and led him out of his artistic isolation.