The Large Blue Horses
Franz Marc
The Large Blue Horses
Franz Marc (German; Expressionism, The Blue Rider; 1880-1916): The Large Blue Horses (Die grossen blauen Pferde), 1911. Oil on canvas, 41.6 × 71.3 inches. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



"Franz Marc was a pioneer in the birth of abstract art at the beginning of the twentieth-century. The Blaue Reiter group [1911-1914] put forth a new program for art based on exuberant color and on profoundly felt emotional and spiritual states. It was Marc's particular contribution to introduce paradisiacal imagery that had as its dramatis personae a collection of animals, most notably a group of heroic horses ... After Kandinsky, [Franz Marc was] the great figure of the Expressionist group "The Blue Rider" and one of the most important expressionist painters ever. He died at the height of his artistic powers ..." (© Nicolas Pioch)

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'Marc explored the psychological effects of color and line in daring abstract compositions. Following a doctrine of “inner necessity," The Blue Rider ceased representing the “real" world and, instead, painted visions derived from the “inner mind." Marc’s The Large Blue Horses is an excellent example of The Blue Rider’s use of color and line to symbolize universal principles ...’ (Walker Art Center; walkerart.org)

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