Wild Creatures Caught on Canvas : Notes on Franz Marc

Feb. 8 is the birthday of a German artist who turned to painting animals when mankind disappointed him. Marc was a member of the Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) group whose members advanced abstract art in the early 20th century.

Marc, “Das Äffchen (The Monkey),” 1912. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. CC BY-SA 4.0
Marc, “Affenfries (Monkey Frieze),” 1911. Kunsthalle Hamburg. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Marc, Left, “Mandrill,” 1913. Private collection. Wikiart copy of image in public domain. Center, “Blue-Black Fox,” 1911, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Wikiart copy of image in public domain. Right, Reh im Walde II (Deer in Forest II),” 1912. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. CC BY-SA 4.0
Marc, “Four foxes, postcard from Sindelsdorf to Wassily Kandinsky in Munich,” 1913. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Gabriele Münter Stiftung 1957. CC BY-SA 4.0

Blue Horses — and Yellow Cows

Marc, “Blaues Pferd I (Blue Horse 1), “ 1911. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. CC BY-SA 4.0
Marc, “Yellow Cow,” 1911. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection. Wikipedia copy of work in public domain.
Marc around 1910. Wikipedia copy of photo in public domain.
Marc, “Rotes und blaues Pferd (Red and Blue Horses),” 1912. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Gabriele Münter Stiftung 1957. CC BY-SA 4.0
Marc, “Kühe, rot, grün, gelb (Cows, red, green, yellow), “ 1911. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. CC BY-SA 4.0
Macke, August, “Portrait of Franz Marc,” c. 1910. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.

Jungles and the Abstract

Rousseau, “ Tiger in a Tropical Storm or Surprised!,” 1891. National Gallery, UK. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Marc, “Tiger,” 1912. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. CC BY-SA 4.0
Marc, “Stables,” 1913. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Delaunay: Hommage à Blériot, 1914, Kunstmuseum Basel. Image in public domain.
Marc, “The Unfortunate Land of Tyrol,” 1913. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
Detail of The Unfortunate Land of Tyrol,” 1913.
Marc, “Blue-Black Fox,” 1911, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Wikiart copy of image in public domain
Marc, “Mandrill,” 1913. Private collection. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
Marc, Reh im Walde II (Deer in Forest II),” 1912. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. CC BY-SA 4.0
Marc, “Rote Rehe II,” 1912, Neue Pinakothek. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.

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