EXPO: Franz Marc / August Macke. The adventure of the Blue Rider
This exhibition presents two major figures of German Expressionism and the Der Blaue Reiter [The Blue Rider] movement, Franz Marc ( Protected content ) and August Macke ( Protected content ). These artists forged a friendship in Protected content on their shared interest in French art and more specifically in Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Fauvism, who they discovered during their time in Paris. Both expressed the same spiritual fascination for landscapes and nature in their initial paintings, often painted "en plein air".
Their paintings took a more radical, stylised turn when they met Vassily Kandinsky in Protected content founded the Der Blaue Reiter Almanach [The Blue Rider Almanac]. Franz Marc abandoned plein air painting in favour of his famous blue horses which inspired the title of the almanac. While Marc co-edited the Almanach with Kandinsky, August Macke compiled the ethnographic visuals and wrote a study on African masks. Highly active in their field, they also helped organise international avant-garde exhibitions like the ones held in Cologne in Protected content , and in Berlin in Protected content , while continuing to develop their art. As part of this evolution, Franz Marc turned to Abstract art in Protected content the influence of the Italian Futurists exhibition and Robert Delaunay’s paintings. Macke, for his part, moved away from Kandinsky’s intellectual spirituality and towards a clearer relationship between humans and nature, particularly during his travels to Tunisia with Paul Klee.
Drafted in Protected content , both artists were killed in combat leaving unfinished yet emblematic works that represent the hedonist, colourful and seductive side of German Expressionism.
We’ll have a coffee/lunch after the exhibtion nearby! Join the groupe and enjoy this excellent exhibition with « The Blue Riders ».
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