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  • Franz Marc
    Feb 8, 1880 - Mar 4, 1916
  • Blue Horse I - Franz Marc was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it. Nearly all works of art created by Franz Marc show animals.
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  • 1911
    Oil on canvas
    112.5 cm (44.29 in.) x 84.5 cm (33.27 in.)
    Staedtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Germany.

    This painting, Blaues Pferd, or Blue Horse, by the Expressionist painter Franz Marc was created in 1911, the same year that Marc founded The Blue Riders (Der Blaue Reiter)

    Marc and fellow artists in the group, such as Macke and Kandinsky formed an artist's circle which was focused on the importance of colour, expression, and symbolism.

    Marc showed several of his new paintings at the first Der Blaue Reiter exhibition at the Thannhauser Galleries in Munich in late 1911.

    Franz Marc was captivated by the study of animals. Not only was he fascinated by their anatomy and environment, but also by their rich inner worlds. Each painting of his animal subjects is deeply emotional. This is not only due to Marc's extensive knowledge of animal anatomy, but also because of his remarkable use of colour.

    As Marc explained in a letter in 1910, "Blue is the masculine principle, astringent and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, gay and sensuous. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour that the other two must oppose and overcome!"

    Indeed, looking at Blue Horse, the young, masculine horse tilts his head, as if in sensitive contemplation. He appears innocent and youthful. Franz Marc chose animal subjects for his paintings because to him, they represented innocence, an existence before the fall of Eden. Horses especially represented a freedom and purity of spirit.

    Combining animals with specific colours, he was able to convey these sentiments to the viewer. The young horse in this painting does seem to exist on a more spiritual plane than our own.

    While Franz Marc's art often portrayed security, serenity, and spirituality, his life took a much darker turn. He was killed by a piece of shrapnel in 1916, during the assault on Verdun, despite his fear and hatred of war.

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Other paintings by Franz Marc:

The Tower of Blue Horses
The Tower of Blue Horses
The First Animals
The First Animals
Franz MarcFranz Marc was born in Munich, Bavaria. His father, an artist, encouraged him to study art, but Marc studied theology and philosophy before entering the Munich Art Academy in 1900. Marc was a moody young man and had difficulty finding a way to express himself. During his first trip to Paris in 1903, he had his first contacts with the Impressionists, and was particularly impressed with the work of Henri Rousseau. In the following year, contact with the avant-garde "Jugendstil" group in Munich helped him to clarify his own ideas. When he made a second trip to Paris in 1907, he saw the work of van Gogh.

In 1910 he met Macke and Kandinsky, became a member of the "Blaue Reiter" group, worked on their first almanac, and participated in the first Blaue Reiter exhibit in Germany. Marc, who wrote that "matter is something which the human mind suffers, at best, but does not recognize," began to develop his own form of expression in 1912 as the result of a meeting with Delaunay. In his effort to paint the spiritual side of nature, just as Kandinsky sought to paint the spiritual nature of man, Marc painted animals. Within a year he was painting landscapes and was well on the road to abstraction, but whether he would have continued on this path is, again, a matter of conjecture. Marc's career ended abruptly on the battlefield of Verdun in 1916. Our only knowledge of the last two years of his life has come from his notebook, found beside him and filled with nonobjective drawings depicting a world of horror.