Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | December 9, 2014

Tuesday Art Blogging: Blue Horses

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Franz Marc, Blue Horse I, 1911.

Marc was born in Munich in 1880. In his twenties, he spent time studying in Paris, where he developed a “strong affinity” for the work of Vincent van Gogh (Wikipedia’s words).

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Franz Marc, The Tower of Blue Horses, 1913.

Marc enlisted in the German Army as a cavalryman in 1914. Two years later, during the Battle of Verdun, a shell splinter struck him in the head, killing him instantly. He was 36.

In the comments to this post, Anderson draws our attention to Eric Carle’s The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, which looks like it might make a good Christmas gift for preschoolers.

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Franz Marc, The Large Blue Horses, 1911.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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