On this date in 1880, in Munich, Germany, Franz Marc was born. In his short life he helped blaze trails for, and participated in, the birth of the modern art movement. During his 36 years he studied the masters, his work passed gracefully from impressionism, to expressionism, to fauvism, and on into cubism.
He maintained friendships with the most pioneering artists of his day. He inspired & was inspired by some of the most notable artists of the early 20th century, including August Macke, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Klee. Marc & Wassily Kandinsky were the creative cornerstone for Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) movement & published an almanac by the same name.
He was killed on March 4, 1916, while serving during WWI, just days before he was to return home. It’s heartbreaking to imagine what marvelous work he could have continued to create had he survived the war. But the spirit of his completed works transcend time. His colorful, spellbinding scenes continue to inspire artists of all ages, as I’m sure they will for centuries to come.
“Like everything genuine, its inner life guarantees its truth. All works of art created by truthful minds without regard for the work’s conventional exterior remain genuine for all times.” – Franz Marc
Learn more about Franz Marc’s life & view many more examples of his work at FranzMarc.org