18 March, 2022

Cat Art History: Franz Marc

Franz Marc (1880-1916) was a German printmaker and artist; he is considered to be one of the key figures of the Expressionist movement in Germany.

Expressionist artists often employed swirling, swaying, and exaggeratedly executed brushstrokes in the depiction of their subjects. 

These techniques were meant to convey the emotional state of the artist, reacting to the anxieties of the modern world.

Franz Marc painted horses, elephants, deer, cows, gazelles, foxes...and cats!

All images below are from franzmarc.org.
Cats on a Red Cloth, 1909-1910
Girl with Cat II, 1912
Three Cats, 1913
Two Cats, Blue and Yellow, 1912
Two Cats, 1909
Cats, Red and White 1912
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  1. Now. I have to say these are close tp being the only impressionistic paintings I LOVE and would be hapoy to have in my home if I could. These are beautiful!!! I will also say that Miss Ellen outdid herself with that beautigul golden crown for Sweetie! Sweetie looks magnificent as well she would! Happy Inside Gotcha Sweetie! XX

  2. LOVE your info today and love reading about artists, adding to our knowledge of those who interpret the world so wonderfully. The firsst kitty on a red cloth is our favorite.

  3. isn't he da wun who did the yell-o cow?? i neber saw hiz cat paintings. da yell-o cow iz on our fridge

  4. I have never heard of this artist. Very nice work. XO

  5. Beautiful. Cats are so mysterious.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  6. They are lovely.The first and fifth are my favourites.

  7. It's an odd comfort that this art style conveyed anxiety so long ago, that the condition is not new. I just wish today's youth could forego social medial for such an outlet. Thank you for sharing these beautiful works! ~hugs~ Best wishes, my dear.

  8. The red and white cats sure look like friends...

  9. He was apparently quite the cat man!

  10. We have never heard of him but he is very talented.

  11. W O W ! Those were great! I love seeing interesting and new things. Have a terrific weekend.

  12. WOW! That is really great artwork of you, what an inspiring artist😸Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend to all of you🐾😽💞

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