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Franz Marc

1880 - 1916

One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

German, Fauvist Painter and Co-founder of The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter)

Artistically Influenced by the following Painters and Art Movements: Art Nouveau, Cubism,  Paul KleeJames EnsorPaul Cézanne and,  Wassily Kandinsky

Education - Marc grew up in the studio of his father, Wilhelm Marc, who was a skilled self-supporting landscape painter. He later attended the Munich Academy of Art but  dropped out.

Cause of Death - Franz Marc was a soldier in the trenches in World War 1. In the spring of 1916 he was killed instantly when shrapnel blew his head off, nearly decapitating him. He died at Verdun, France.

The Nazis defamed his work as “Entartete Kunst” in 1937 and seized all of his paintings  on exhibit in public museums.

Franz Marc Quotations

The present isolation of the rare, genuine artist is absolutely unavoidable for the moment. -- Franz Marc Quote

Blue is the male principle, astringent and spiritual. Yellow is the female principle, gentle, gay and spiritual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour to be opposed and overcome by the other two. -- Franz Marc Quote

War is one of the most evil things to which we sacrificed ourselves. -- Franz Marc Quote

Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with Expressionst Painting -   Germany, early 20th century, emotional effects, emotional experience, avant-garde, emotional angst, Herwarth Walden, Der Sturm, graphic art, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, Friedrich Nietzsche, psychological depths, symbolic colors, exaggerated imagery, human psyche, exaggeration, primitivism, jarring colors, self-expression, expression intensity, printmaking, psychological,emotional themes, existential anguish, industrial modern age, individual genius, sense of movement, energy

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Fighting Forms from 1914 is my favorite Marc painting. This work was unquestionably produced under the sway of Wassily Kandinsky. Franz Marc is the originator of modern art. The `Blue Rider' group was founded by Franz and his chum Kandinsky. As time passed, under Kandinsky' s sway Marc turned increasingly to abstract art. His father labored as a professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. The young Franz initially wanted to become a priest. Then he turned to philosophy. In 1900 he took painting classes at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and decided to purse his love of painting. -- Kathryn Lynne Marcel, Berlin, Germany

Franz paintings are a convoluted and velvety matrix of both mysteriousness and discovery. His work is "contained by a tortured soul" and can only be described as 'incredible' and 'farsighted'. Some figures are delicately executed; others progress more mischievously and seem thrown into the composition. . -- Bonnie Goldstein, Germantown, Pa

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