The Dream
Franz Marc
The Dream
Franz Marc (German; Expressionism, The Blue Rider; 1880-1916): The Dream, 1912. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 135.5 cm. Musée Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. Image: © Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza en depósito en el Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



'No longer bound by the truthful representation of nature, yet without wholly relinquishing links to the real world, Franz Marc provides in "The Dream" a masterly reflection of ‘the organic rhythm... of all things,’ highlighting his awareness of Italian Futurist and French Cubist theories. The composition is structured around dynamic lines radiating outwards from the female figure in the foreground; naked and asleep, she becomes a symbol of the harmony between the human world and the animal realm. The varied creatures that surround her seem to be the product of her dream. Marc uses colours with symbolic meanings: blue, for example, represents what is masculine and intellectual, while yellow symbolises femininity and warmth.’ (© Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza)



Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), 1911-1914: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Blaue_Reiter