German, 1880 - 1916
Franz Marc was a German visual artist who was born in 1880. Franz Marc has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, and at the Kunstmuseum Bern. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Weidende Pferde III (Grazing Horses III)' which sold at Sotheby's London 'Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale' in 2008 for $24,221,441. There have been numerous articles about Franz Marc, including '‘Russian Modernism: Cross-Currents of German and Russian Art, 1907-1917 Review" written by Lance Esplund for The Wall Street Journal in 2015.
As a leading figure in the German Expressionist movement, Marc helped redefine the nature of art. The Expressionist movement was known for its interest in spirituality, primitivism, and its use of abstraction. Marc incorporated his love of theology and animals into his work to create an alternate, more spiritual, vision of the world. He depicted the world as seen through the eyes of animals, who he used to highlight those aspects of modernity that he viewed unfavorably. His later work also moved beyond representational forms into pure abstraction, leading the way for the next generation of painters. Though his career was brief, his expressive linear forms and symbolic use of color had a lasting impact on the worlds of abstraction and expressionism.
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