Franz Marc by Marc, Franz; Carl, Klaus H.; Marc, Franz

By Marc, Franz; Carl, Klaus H.; Marc, Franz

Condemned via the Nazis as a degenerate artist, Franz Marc (1880-1916) used to be a German painter whose stark linearity and emotive use of colour eloquently expressed the soreness and trauma of conflict. 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 battle which might ultimately be the reason for his personal premature dying on the age of  Read more...

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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. The influence of Van Gogh can be seen in the shaded, broken brush strokes of the grass. The sensitivity with which the rapid movements of the deer were captured, however, was already typical for Marc. 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.

However, Marc remained there only until he returned from a long trip to Paris, through northern France and Belgium. Since academic painting displeased him, and he had discovered Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), and Édouard Manet (1832-1883) in Paris, as well as bringing back some Japanese woodcuts, he decided to leave the Academy preferring to educate himself autodidactically. 5 x 80 cm Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich 44 MarcÊs early works were quite naturalistic, but already demonstrated his admiration for Van Gogh and Gauguin.

1895, Franz Marc Museum). His mother was of Alsatian descent and as it was then described, worked at home as a teacher. Franz had an older brother, Paul (1877-1949). Both attended the Luitpold Gymnasium in Munich, which Franz completed in 1899, passing the final examinations. 5 x 114 cm Private collection 40 41 The year 1880 could be described as the „year of the painter‰, because other famous artists such as André Derain (-1954), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (-1938), Fritz Bleyl (-1966), Hans Hofmann (-1966), and Max Clarenbach, a painter of the Düsseldorf School (-1952), were also born.

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