Franz Marc:
Picture "Blue Horse I" (1911), framed
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Picture "Blue Horse I" (1911), framed
Franz Marc:
Picture "Blue Horse I" (1911), framed

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reproduction on artist's cardboard | framed | passe-partout | glazed | size 72 x 58.7 cm (h/w)

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Picture "Blue Horse I" (1911), framed
Franz Marc: Picture "Blue Horse I" (1911), framed

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Picture "Blue Horse I" (1911), framed

"I seek to empathise pantheistically with the trembling and trickling of blood in nature" is how Franz Marc (1880-1916) describes his approach to painting. His psychic sensibility, which he translated into colour, transports his subjects out of the naturalistic into a sphere of the unreal, dreamlike, or symbolistic. His preferred motifs are animals in their direct emotional experience. Inspired above all by the orphic, colourful cubism of Robert Delaunay, whom he visited in Paris in 1912 together with his Blaue Reiter colleague August Macke, Marc painted his most important pictures between 1911 and 1914.
Original: 1911, oil on canvas, 112 x 84.5 cm, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.

4-colour, gridless reproduction on artist's cardboard. In a silver solid wood frame with passe-partout, glazed. Size 72 x 58.7 cm (h/w).

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About Franz Marc


Franz Marc's unique talent was recognised and encouraged at the Munich Academy. On several trips to Paris, he discovered the works of van Gogh for the first time, which made a significant impression on him and helped him to develop an independent artistic language. Through his friend August Macke, he met Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter and Alfred Kubin, with whom he founded the Expressionist artists' association "Der Blaue Reiter" in 1911. At the outbreak of World War I, Marc was drafted into military service and died two years later in the Battle of Verdun.

Marc examined Naturalism, Art Nouveau and French Impressionism, but sought a new language of expression in order to be able to depict "the spiritual essence of things". With unprecedented consistency, he approached a new form of art in which colours acquired a symbolic meaning far beyond naturalistic representation: "Every colour must clearly say who and what it is, and must be set on clear shapes", Marc explained. For him, blue is the colour of the spiritual, red is love, passion and vulnerability, yellow is the sun and femininity.

Animal, in particular, were the focus of his painting, as they, in contrast to people, symbolised originality and purity to him. Just like Kandinsky, he sought the renewal of the spiritual in art.