Born: 08 February 1880; Munich, Germany
Died: 04 March 1916; Braquis, France
Field: painting, printmaking
Art Movement: Expressionism
School or Group: Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider)
Genre: wildlife painting, animal painting
Portrait of Franz Marc by August Macke
Franz Marc (February 8, 1880 – March 4, 1916) 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.
Franz Marc gave an emotional meaning or purpose to the colors he used in his work: blue was used to portray masculinity and spirituality, yellow represented feminine joy, and red encased the sound of violence.
Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality.
Die weiße Katze, The White Cat (1912)
Das Äffchen, The Monkey (1912)
Liegender Hund im Schnee, Dog Lying in the Snow (1910–11)
Blue Horse I
The Red Horses