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Franz Marc

Zwischen Utopie und Apokalypse

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Texts by Oliver Kase, Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy, Lynette Roth, Andrea von Hedenström, and Nina Schleif


23.5 x 24 cm
160 Pages
124 illustrations
Hardcover with jacket
February 2016

ISBN 978-3-944874-43-2 (German)


/ In commemoration of the centenary of the artist’s death

/ Thorough and trailblazing research

/ Fascinating combination of biography and artistic work

Like no other artist, Franz Marc (1880–1916) is considered an ambassador of the modern period. His images of animals, which have become part of collective memory, stand for the dawn of a new era in art. The seemingly idyllic quality of his colorful paintings served to ease access to the new language of color and form, clearing the way towards acceptance of abstraction and deformation in the understanding of art in the post-war period. The great popularity of Marc and fascination for his art continues until today.

With numerous illustrations and photographs, many of which are published here for the first time, and biographical details, this publication brings Franz Marc and his work to life. It features three masterpieces by Franz Marc: Weidende Pferde IV (Grazing Horses IV) of 1911, Das arme Land Tirol (The Unfortunate Land of Tyrol) of 1913, and Kämpfende Formen (Fighting Forms) of 1914. In the context of sketches, studies, and works created at the same time, these paintings are presented in light of the current state of research, answering questions such as: Who were Franz Marc’s role models? How did he find his compositional principles that he constantly repeated? What did war mean for his life and work? Why did he turn to abstraction?

This book will inspire you to rediscover the famous artist and his iconic images.