Franz Marc

1880 - 1916

Franz Marc is considered to be the greatest artistic talent to have been lost in the Great War. He was killed in action at Verdun on March 4, 1916 while serving as a member of the Crown Prince's Army.

His friend Paul Klee was shattered at the news of his death which occurred just before Klee's own induction into the German Army.

Marc's mystical animals, see below, are striking in color and highly symbolic. He was a leader of the Blaue Reiter group, an assemblage of German Expressionists including Klee, Kandinsky and Macke in the Munich area. They combined intellectualism and romanticism with brilliant coloration in a unique style.

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