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Composition of Pure Abstract Forms 1914: Franz Marc
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Franz Marc, 1880 (Munich)- 1916 (Verdun, Austira)"Komposition Rein Abstrakter Formen 1914. Oil or tempera over pencil on paper Size: 11.5 in x 9.5 in. (29.1 cm x 24.1 cm) Condition: Excellent – no tears, stains or folds. Verso 1. Signature initials “FZM” (front, lower right) 2. “Franz Marc Komposition rein abstrakter formen 1914” (verso, bottom center, pencil) – roughly translates “Composition of purely abstract form” 3. Stamp “Konstantin S. Redko, Schluterstr. 35, Charlottenburg” (verso, upper left, blue ink) 4. Stamp “Axel Meyer, Paris” (verso, top center, black ink) 5. Stamp “Der Sturm, (illegible) ,Berlin/Potsdamer Straße 134a (verso, top center, purple/red ink) 6. Stamp “Herwarth Walden, Berlin W 15 / Kurfürstendamm 173” (verso, bottom right, black ink) 7. Stamp “ Sammlung G. W. Stein - Zurich” (verso, upper right, , purple/red ink) Franz Marc was born in Munich, Germany in 1880. His father was a successful Munich landscape and genre artist who influenced him strongly. Marc studied at the Munich Academy. He left there for Paris, then went home full of the doings of the Fauves and Cubists. In 1911 he joined with Klee and Kandinsky to found a group called the Blue Rider (Blaue Reiter). Their members aspired to nothing less than painting the essence of things. They put feeling first, faithfulness to nature or to formal conventions last. They were the clear sweet dawn of German expressionism. a school that later languished from too much heaviness, bitterness and swagger. For Marc, as for his friend and mentor, Kandinsky, implementation of new art forms was indeed a religious crusade. He saw pure abstract art as truth and worked toward it with the same fervor he had once directed toward the study of theology. Marc loathed conflict of any kind. Man therefore revolted him, and animals he painted with strong, elaborately rhythmical compositions. He transformed their animality with flashing colors; a horse might be sky blue or fire red. Marc's career ended abruptly with his conscription in 1914. He died in 1916 in Verdun.


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