#tbt from the guggenheim library & archives, these illustrations by artist #franzmarc are from a limited edition copy of stella peregrina, a book of poems from 1917. on blogs.guggenheim.org, view excerpts featuring marc's hand-colored (and melancholy) drawings created during a time of troubled love affairs. 💔
"i step into the painting of the four blue horses.
i am not even surprised that i can do this. -
one of the horses walks toward me.
his blue nose noses me lightly. i put my arm
over his blue mane, not holding on, just
he allows me my pleasure.
franz marc died a young man, shrapnel in his brain.
i would rather die than explain to the blue horses
what war is.
they would either faint in horror, or simply
find it impossible to believe.
i do not know how to thank you, franz marc.
maybe our world will grow kinder eventually.
maybe the desire to make something beautiful
is the piece of god that is inside each of us.
now all four horses have come closer,
are bending their faces toward me
as if they have secrets to tell.
i don’t expect them to speak, and they don’t.
if being so beautiful isn’t enough, what
could they possibly say?" -
- - mary oliver, 'blue horses' -
franz marc was one of the key figures of the german expressionist movement. in 1910, along with wassily kandinsky, he was a founding member of 'der blaue reiter (the blue rider)', a journal whose name became synonymous with the development of german expressionism.
with the outbreak of world war i, marc was drafted into the german army as a cavalryman.
by 1916, the government had identified notable artists to be withdrawn from combat for their own safety. marc was on the list but was struck in the head and killed instantly by a shell splinter during the battle of verdun in 1916 before orders for reassignment could reach him.
marc aspired to a spiritually-pure animal world. his work is characterized by bright primary color, an almost cubist portrayal of animals, stark simplicity and a profound intensity of emotion. influenced by van gogh, marc gave an emotional meaning to colors: blue was used to portray masculinity and spirituality, yellow represented feminine joy, and red the resonance of violence. the rounded forms of his horses evoked a harmonious whole. -
franz marc was born today, 8 february 1880. -
franz marc, 'large blue horses', 1911. walker art center, minneapolis. -
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#tbt from the guggenheim library & archives and now digitized and available online, explore the last works and letters by #franzmarc created during his time in the battlefields of world war i. the letters he sent from the front reflect how the war deeply disturbed him, while the pencil drawings in his sketchbook display a focus on the abstract depiction of animals in nature. marc’s second wife, maria marc (1876–1955), assembled these, and the publisher paul cassirer released them in a two-volume limited edition in 1920. learn more at blogs.guggenheim.org.
#wilhelmlehmbruck (1881-1919) was one of the most sensitive and sensual artists to emerge with the first wave of #germanexpressionism his work embodied a frailty that he saw in humanity, but which also was deeply rooted in his own soul. when #ww1 broke out, the new generation of german artists either heeded the call (e.g. #ottodix#christophvoll#franzmarc#augustmacke and #georgegrosz ) or rejected the entire premise and withdrew like #ernstludwigkirchner#lehmbruck was emotionally engulfed by the horrors and by the time it was over, he saw no other option than to take his own life. his work will, however, continue to remind us of human strength and weakness for generations to come.
‘the large blue horses’
oil on canvas
#franzmarc was a german print maker and artist; he not only had an influence on art during his time, but was considered to be one of the key figures of the expressionist movement in germany following his time as well. the blue rider, was a magazine publication series, which he was a co-founder of; it focused on the movement, and it was well known to be connected to a small group of artists who were in charge of posting images, as well as breaking stories, during the time that the magazine was in existence in germany. (via: franzmarc.org)