Jesus Del Toro
Franz Marc was born February 8, 1880, in the German town of Munich. Marc was one of the main painters and printmakers of the German Expressionist movement. He was one of the creators of “Der Blaue Reiter” or in English “The Blue Rider”. His father was his main inspiration because he worked as a professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. The young Franz originally wanted to become a priest. But then he decided to study philosophy. And now again his decision changed and made painting his main focus. In 1900 he received classes at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Paris at the time was the center of the arts. Marc traveled to Paris to study the modern painters like Claude Monet, van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin was a must study for developing artist and painters. He was very influenced by these modern French painters. Together with Wassily Kandinsky, whom he had met at the Academy founded the art association The Blue Rider, which I mentioned. As I said Franz Marc was not alone in the founding of The Blue Rider. Members included Gabriele Munter and Alexeji Jawlensky. But why the name Blue Rider? According to Kandinsky, one day they were both having coffee at the terrace of Sindelsdorf. Both liked the color blue. Marc liked horses and Kandinsky liked riders. So the name Blue Riders was born. For Franz the group had become something like his home and a family. He exchanged ideas about art with close companions. The group had a huge influence and very positive effect on Marc’s creativity. Almost all works of art created by Franz showed animals. He loved animals, he thought of them as being innocent, peaceful creatures. His main focus was to paint the world out of an animal’s perspective. Marc was a very spiritual man, that being said his art is not quite easy to understand. Even hundred years’ later people still have trouble understanding his art, although they were documented in articles, books, and letter. In one of his last...
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