Animal Legend
Mythical beast
Sleeping Shepherdess
Reconciliation

Franz Marc

Animal Legend

1912
Woodcut on imitated Japan paper
8 x 9 1/2 inches (20 x 24 cm)


It is one of the rare copies hand-printed by Maria Marc before the later editions for the magazine "Der Sturm" or the Galerie Stangl.

Franz Marc

Mythical beast

1912
Woodcut on thin Japan, colored with stencils in a total of 6 colors (red, green, yellow, orange, pink and violet)
5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (14,5 x 21,7 cm)


Our sheet is a particularly freshly colored copy of the third edition and as such copied, colored and signed by the artist himself. This gives the item the character of a uniqueness.

The woodcut, colored with stencils in six harmoniously coordinated colors, was originally - like the prints of the hand-colored edition - only included in the luxury and museum edition of the almanac “Der Blaue Reiter” (60 copies) published in 1912. The anthology is considered one of the most important programmatic writings of the 20th century and is an avant-garde masterpiece of art.

Franz Marc

Sleeping Shepherdess

1912
Woodcut on very thin Japan paper
8 x 9 1/2 inches (19,9 x 24 cm)


It is one of the rare copies hand-printed by Maria Marc before the later editions for the magazine “Der Sturm” or the Galerie Stangl.

The state of sleep and dream are two motifs to which Franz Marc dedicated several important works in 1912, including “Reconciliation”, “The Shepherdess” and “Sleeping Horse”. The depiction of the sleeping female nude in a paradisiacal shepherd's idyll is not only part of a long tradition of artistic engagement with sleeping people, it also testifies to how attractive the motif still is in the industrial age at the beginning of the 20th century. For Marc the expression of this paradisiacal situation was above all a utopia of a life in harmony with nature, of originality and purity.

Franz Marc

Reconciliation

1912
Woodcut on thin Japan paper
8 x 10 1/4 inches (20,1 x 26 cm)


It is one of the rare copies hand-printed by Maria Marc before the later editions for the magazine “Der Sturm” or the Galerie Stangl.

Über Franz Marc

Born: 1880 in München
Died: 1916 near Verdun