Franz Marc (1880 -1916) was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it.
In 1900 Marc began to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where his teachers included Gabriel von Hackl and Wilhelm von Diez. In 1903 and 1907, he spent time in France, particularly in Paris, visiting the museums in the city and copying many paintings, a traditional way for artists to study and develop technique. In Paris, Marc frequented artistic circles, meeting numerous artists and the actress Sarah Bernhardt. He discovered a strong affinity for the work of painter Vincent van Gogh.
In 1906, Marc traveled with his elder brother Paul, a Byzantine expert, to Thessaloniki, Mount Athos, and various other Greek locations. A few years later, in 1910, Marc developed an important friendship with the artist August Macke. In 1910 Marc painted Nude with Cat and Grazing Horses, and showed works in the second exhibition of the Neue Künstlervereinigung (New Artists' Association) at the Thannhauser Galleries in Munich.
In 1911, Marc founded the Der Blaue Reiter journal, which became the center of an artist circle, along with Macke, Wassily Kandinsky, and others who had decided to split off from the Neue Künstlervereinigung movement.
- 'Animals in a Landscape, detail' by Franz Marc in 1914 £6.99
- 'Portrait of Franz Marc' by August Macke in 1910 £6.99
- 'The Bewitched Mill' by Franz Marc in 1913 £6.99
- 'The Foxes' by Franz Marc in 1913 £6.99
- 'Deer in the Forest' by Franz Marc in 1913 £6.99
- 'Lying Bull, detail' by Franz Marc £6.99
- 'Nudes under Trees' by Franz Marc in 1911 £6.99
- 'Resting Horses' by Franz Marc in 1911-12 £6.99
- The Sheep' by Franz Marc in 1913-14 £5.99