Portrait: Franz Marc, one of the key figures of German Expressionism

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Franz Marc, 1910

Franz Marc, 1910

Franz Moritz Wilhelm Marc (8 February 1880 – 4 March 1916) was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of German Expressionism. 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.

His mature works mostly depict animals, and are known for bright colouration. He was drafted to serve in the German Army at the beginning of World War I, and died two years later at the Battle of Verdun.

In the 1930s, the Nazis named him a degenerate artist as part of their suppression of modern art. However, most of his work survived World War II, securing his legacy. His work is now exhibited in many eminent galleries and museums. When up for auction, his major paintings attract large sums, with a record of £12,340,500 ($24,376,190) for Weidende Pferde III (Grazing Horses III).

Der Traum - The Dream, 1912 © Google Art Project Franz Marc's grave in Kochel am See © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0 Franz Mary by August Macke, 1910 Plaque on the house where Franz Marc was born © Oliver Raupach/cc-by-sa-2.5 Franz Marc, 1910 Blaues Pferd I - Blue Horse I © Google Art Project
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Plaque on the house where Franz Marc was born © Oliver Raupach/cc-by-sa-2.5
Marc’s family house in Munich is marked with a historical plaque. The Franz Marc Museum which is located in Kochel am See, opened in 1986 and is dedicated to the artist’s life and work. It houses many of his paintings, and also works by other contemporary artists.

In October 1998, several of Marc’s paintings garnered record prices at Christie’s art auction house in London, including Rote Rehe I (Red Deer I), which sold for $3.3 million. In October 1999, his Der Wasserfall (The Waterfall) was sold by Sotheby’s in London for $5.06 million. This price set a record for Franz Marc’s work and for twentieth-century German painting.

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