Museum Folkwang
Pferd in Landschaft
  • Franz Marc
  • Pferd in Landschaft, 1910

  • Horse in a Landscape
  • Oil on canvas
  • 85 x 112 cm
  • Acquired in 1953 with support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 239
  • CommentaryFranz Marc had a close relationship to animals, especially horses. In meadows in the Upper Bavarian foothills near Kochel, Lenggries and Sindelsdorf, in direct contact with animals, he made numerous paintings, studies and drawings of them. He certainly did not see himself as a painter of animals in the academic tradition. Instead he was interested in a living being whose inner life he wished to depict in order to get closer to the secret of life. Animals in a landscape was, for the artist, a bridge between man and nature, whose vanished unity he wished to restore. According to him, only animals had preserved a »chaste majesty«. It was from this way of thinking that Marc developed an autonomy of color and form.
    The acutely angled body of the horse visible in the foreground and its head which is situated in the middle of the picture link with the landscape without horizon rising in the background to form a broad, intensive color scheme. The viewer experiences the gaze into the depths of a meadow landscape in the perspective of, and with the animal – perhaps Franz Marc wanted to awaken an association with Caspar David Friedrich’s ›Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer‹ (ca 1818).
  • Provenance18.08.1912, Dr. Richart Reiche, Barmen
    18.08.1912 - 1921?, Kauf bei Richard Reiche, Barmen, Franz Kluxen, Münster und Boldixum (und Bockenberg?)
    1921 - 1935, Kauf bei Ferdinand Möller, Köln, Hugo Simon, Berlin, später Brasilien
    1935? - 1953?, Privatbesitz Wolf Demeter (?), La Chiquita, Nice-Gairaut, Nizza (?), Schwiegersohn Hugo Simons
    1953, Dr. Werner Rusche, Köln (Galerie Aenne Abels, Köln)
    1953, Kauf bei Dr. Werner Rusche, Köln, und Hermann/Günther Abels, Köln, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,388
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Pferd in Landschaft
  • Obj_Title2_S: Horse in a Landscape
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Pferd in Landschaft Horse in a Landscape Pferd in Landschaft
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1910
  • Jahr von: 1,910
  • Jahr bis: 1,910
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 239
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0239
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 85 x 112 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1953 with support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
    Photo: Museum Folkwang
Commentary
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Franz Marc had a close relationship to animals, especially horses. In meadows in the Upper Bavarian foothills near Kochel, Lenggries and Sindelsdorf, in direct contact with animals, he made numerous paintings, studies and drawings of them. He certainly did not see himself as a painter of animals in the academic tradition. Instead he was interested in a living being whose inner life he wished to depict in order to get closer to the secret of life. Animals in a landscape was, for the artist, a bridge between man and nature, whose vanished unity he wished to restore. According to him, only animals had preserved a »chaste majesty«. It was from this way of thinking that Marc developed an autonomy of color and form.
The acutely angled body of the horse visible in the foreground and its head which is situated in the middle of the picture link with the landscape without horizon rising in the background to form a broad, intensive color scheme. The viewer experiences the gaze into the depths of a meadow landscape in the perspective of, and with the animal – perhaps Franz Marc wanted to awaken an association with Caspar David Friedrich’s ›Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer‹ (ca 1818).