“Two Deer in the Woods” (1908) exemplifies the personal philosophy of German artist Franz Marc (1880-1916). Such imagery of animals within nature are the artist’s signature and most sought after subject matter. Here, emotion is rendered through nature, with Marc “trying to intensify [his] feeling for the organic rhythm of all things, to achieve pantheistic empathy with the throbbing and flowing of nature’s bloodstream in trees, in animals, in the air.”
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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