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Title: FRANZ MARC: Horses
Publication Date: 2000
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Like no other artist, Franz Marc pursued the representation of the horse--a central topic in the fine arts--as his life's work. As a painter and co-founder of the "Blaue Reiter" he created symbolic, visionary images which today stand among the icons of modernism. This publication presents an overview of Marc's paintings, drawings, gouaches and a number of famous postcards--from his nature studies of 1905 and 1906 to the sketches he made on the eve of World War I. During this short period of time, the horse motif became increasingly central, especially after Marc moved from Munich to the secluded upper Bavarian village of Sindelsdorf. With a skill for precise observation and intuitive understanding, Marc attempted an ''animalization of art,'' in which the horse became both subject and expression of the hope for better and more organic existence.About the Author:
Franz Marc (Munich 1880-1916 near Verdun) began his studies at the Munich Academy in 1900 and worked in the style of Munich landscape painting. Early work reveals in its form and construction that he already possessed an astonishing mastery of traditional artistic means. From summer 1902 onwards, increasingly self-taught, he worked at Kochel in Upper Bavaria. As a young man Marc traveled on a study trip to Paris where he saw Impressionism and the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Upon his return to Germany he devoted himself primarily to illustrations of poems by Richard Dehmel, Carmen Sylva, Hans Bethge and others. Marc became acquainted with the artist August Macke in 1910 and by 1911 he founded the "Blaue Reiter" group with Wassily Kandinsky.
" Know, my friends, what images are: the experience of surfacing in another."-Franz Marc
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