This watercolor on paper by German painter Franz Marc (1880-1916) in 1912 depicts an ethereal lake surrounded by delicately rendered trees and foliage. Executed late in the artist’s career, this piece balances technical skill with spiritual expressiveness, presenting a microcosm of Marc’s personal philosophy.
Franz Marc was born in Munich, Germany in 1880. His father was a successful Munich landscape and genre artist who sparked Marc’s interest in art at an early age. He studied at the Munich Academy, and was strongly influenced by the works of the Fauves and the Cubists. In 1911, along with fellow artists Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Alexei von Jawlensky, Marc founded a group called the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), which aspired to convey spirituality and freedom of expression through their work. Marc’s career ended abruptly with his conscription in 1914. He died at the young age of 36 in 1916.
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