Marc’s gentle paintings depict animals—with the conspicuous absence of man—in nature. His search for an unspoiled state of existence, in which all elements of the world live in harmony, led him to choose animals as the most fitting symbol of a harmonious state of being in a primeval world. Kaleidoscopic patterns of vibrant color fuse the animals and the landscape elements, expressing Marc’s belief in nature as an interrelated force.
Artist Franz Marc
German, active 1880 - 1916
Title
  • Animals in a Landscape
Date 1914
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 43 3/8 × 39 1/4 inches (110.2 × 99.7 cm)
Framed: 46 7/8 × 43 × 2 1/4 inches (119.1 × 109.2 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Robert H. Tannahill
Accession Number 56.144
Department European Modern Art to 1950
Not On View
Signed Lower right: M; verso, 1914
Inscriptions Verso: Bilt mit Rindern 1914 / verkauflich / nach Berlin (pencil, handwritten on canvas)

Labels:
Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover 1936 / Bes. M. Marc / aus Dresden von Probst / Bilt mit Ridern 1914

Buchholz Gallery / Curt Valentin / 32 East 57th Street, New York
"Cattle in Jungle"
"Franz Marc"
"Robert Tannahill"
"Detroit"
1936-1956, Robert H. Tannahill [1893-1969] (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA);
1956-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Uhr, Horst. "Masterpieces of German Expressionism at the Detroit Institute of Arts", NY: Hudson Hills Press in association with the DIA, 1982, p. 156 (ill).

Selz, P. "German Expressionist Painting", Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957, p. 307.

"Art Quarterly", vol. 20, no. 2, 1957, p. 225, (ill).

"Bulletin of the DIA", vol. 36, no. 3, 1956-57, p. 74.

Germanic Museum, Cambridge, MA, Feb 4 - March 4, 1941, cat. no. 409.1940.

Bucholz Gallery, New York . "Franz Marc Exhibition," Nov. 11- Dec. 7, 1940, catalogue, no. 23.

Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover. "Franz Marc Gedachtnis-Ausstellung," Mar 4- Apr 19, 1936, catalogue, no 56.

Neue Munchener Secession FRANZ MARC: GEDACHTNIS-AUSSTELLUNG, 14 SEPT. BIS 15 OKT. 1916. no. 145