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Franz Marc was an integral member of the Blaue Reiter movement, along with Wassily Kandinsky. Unlike the other Blaue Reiter artists, Marc chose to paint animals more than any other subject. He had an interest in abstraction as it was described by Kandinsky, and aspired toward the goal of creating purely abstract art to express spiritual truth; however, he continued to paint animals and tie them to spiritual themes.

In this thesis, my analysis of the works of Franz Marc is divided into three sections: Marc’s retreat to nature as part of a larger tradition beginning in the nineteenth century, examples of animals in the paintings of Franz Marc and their meaning, and Marc’s concept of the Apocalypse and Utopia.

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Artist and nature

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Apocalypse and Utopia



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