Marc was born in 1880. He was 36 when he was killed in the trenches in 1916. He was a gentle soul but one of gloomy disposition. However in looking at his brightly colored paintings, one wouldn't come away with such an impression. With the disintegration of the first German Expressionist movement, Die Brucke (The Bridge) around 1910, Marc, August Macke, and Wassily Kandinsky formed the core of what was to become a second German Expressionist movement, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Whereas Die Brucke had been an order purely of artists, Der Blaue Reiter was a much broader, more intellectual, romantic, and somewhat spiritual association that was, at the same time, much more loosely organized philosophically, with fewer artistic constraints.
|Deers in the Forest II, 1914, Franz Marc|