With Franz Marc, modern art moved into living rooms the length and breadth of Germany in the form of post-cards and posters. Yellow reindeer, red cows: in the end, these decorative motifs were all that remained of a revolutionary artistic departure. But who was Franz Marc really, the man who lost his life in the war a hundred years ago at the age of only 36? What inspired him to see – and paint – the world from such a radically fresh perspective?
In his compelling, extensive and richly illustrated biography, Wilfried F. Schoeller pre-sents the artist we don’t encounter on postcards, but only in his paintings. He has une-arthed new sources that yield surprising revelations: Marc was anything but enthusiastic about going to war, nor had he any great sympathy for the nationalist ideologies he was expected to embrace. Schoeller presents Marc as a staunch individualist who was in close contact with fellow European artists of his time, yet never allowed himself to be corrupted by the vagaries of fashion. This book offers us the opportunity to discover him anew—as the ground-breaking artist he undoubtedly was.