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Franz Marc, horses
Marc, Franz, 1880-1916.
Uniform Title:
Franz Marc, Pferde. English.
Publication Information:
Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz, [2000]

Physical Description:
283 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Exhibition catalog originally published in German to accompany the exhibition "Franz Marc: Pferde" at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart from 27 May to 10 Sept. 2000.

English ed. published in conjuncion with the exhibition "Franz Marc: Horses" at the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass., from 29 Sept. 2000 to 18 Mar. 2001.
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N6888.M34 A4 2000B Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Like no other artist, Franz Marc pursued the representation of the horse--a central topic in the fine arts--as his life's work. As a painter and co-founder of the "Blaue Reiter" he created symbolic, visionary images which today stand among the icons of modernism. This publication presents an overview of Marc's paintings, drawings, gouaches and a number of famous postcards--from his nature studies of 1905 and 1906 to the sketches he made on the eve of World War I. During this short period of time, the horse motif became increasingly central, especially after Marc moved from Munich to the secluded upper Bavarian village of Sindelsdorf. With a skill for precise observation and intuitive understanding, Marc attempted an ''animalization of art, '' in which the horse became both subject and expression of the hope for better and more organic existence

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Library Journal Review

In paintings, drawings, and other works on paper from 1905 to 1916, German artist Franz Marc attempted to convey the spiritual essence of animals particularly horses through empathy, symbolic color, and form. This book surveys these works, offering 231 illustrations (167 in color) and a series of essays about the artist and his approach to the horse. The main essay by Von Holst (curator of the related exhibition at the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart) and chapters by four of his German colleagues discuss Marc's unique adaptation in different media of influences from Post-Impressionism through Orphism. The introduction by Peter Nisbet (curator, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard) explains that this English translation was published in conjunction with Harvard's smaller version of the Stuttgart exhibit. The bibliography lists mostly German sources; other English-language books on the artist include Mark Rosenthal's Franz Marc (LJ 3/15/90) and Helmut Friedel and Annegret Hoberg's The Blue Rider in the Lenbachhaus, Munich (LJ 6/1/01). Recommended for academic and public libraries. Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.