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  • Franz Marc
    Feb 8, 1880 - Mar 4, 1916
  • Three Horses - 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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  • 1912
    Mixed media on paper
    Private collection.

    Using the style of Cubism, Three Horses depicts wild horses grazing on fields in a peaceful manner. This is one of Franz Marc's more unique depictions of animals, as this was one of his few attempts to use a different style other than expressionism or Der Blaue Reiter.

    Three Horses is an artwork subjective to interpretation, and stands out from Franz Marc's other pieces due to the rarity of using abstract shapes for his depiction of the animals.

    Franz Marc only took this approach to a new style of painting due to attending the Futurist Show held at Strum Gallery in Berlin, April 1911. Franz used cubism to emphasis and heighten the sentiment and realism presented through his paintings, and has said that he wants to honor Pablo Picasso by using cubism.

    His use of vivid abstract shapes and intensity of the darker colors in "Three Horses" reflects the events occurring in his life at the time of creation.

    Events that occurred during the time of this art piece's creation range from being enrolled into the army to fight in World War 1 and a thirst to explore what other styles he can present animals in.

    Created towards the end of the cubism style of art era, it is one of the last paintings using true cubism painted by an acclaimed artist, and signals the drop in popularity of cubism. Though not as well known as other pieces of art from Franz Marc, the painting is still recognized as one of Franz's more unique style.

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Other paintings by Franz Marc:

The Little Blue Horse
The Little Blue Horse
The Monkey
The Monkey
Abstract Forms II
Abstract Forms II
Abstract Mountain Landscape with Fabulous Beast (Red Deer)
Abstract Mountain Landscape with Fabulous Beast (Red Deer)
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.