In a time and place of looming apocolypse, German born artist Franz Marc produced some of the more famous pieces of animal art in recent history. His Expressionist works were respected highlights of that art movement, and his Cubist art (think Picasso) were some of the earlier, and lasting, images in that popular genre.

Also one of the early inovators of modern camoflauge, Marc's most famous Cubist painting, The Fate of All Animals also known as Animals Destinies (translated) was boarderline prophetic of World War I! This surprised even Marc, who is noted as comparing the painting, "like a premonition of this war - horrible and shattering. I can hardly conceive I painted it!"

 

Fate of All Animals by Marc: Fate of All Animals by Franz MarcFate of All Animals by Marc: Fate of All Animals by Franz Marc

 

Franz Marc was a founder of "The Blue Rider" group. This was a group of artists instrumental and fundamental to the Expressionist movement, which became a major influence in many popular and controversial styles used in the Modern Art movement even today!

 

Little Blue Horses by Franz Marc: Little Blue Horses by Franz MarcLittle Blue Horses by Franz Marc: Little Blue Horses by Franz Marc
 
 
Red Deers by Franz Marc: Red Deers by Franz MarcRed Deers by Franz Marc: Red Deers by Franz Marc 
 
 
The Yellow Cow by Franz Marc: The Yellow Crow by Franz MarcThe Yellow Cow by Franz Marc: The Yellow Crow by Franz Marc
 

Probably the most recognizable of these modern movements was Cubism (again, think Picasso). Marc jumped into the movement in its earliest stages, using animals as his primary subject matter. The Fox is one of his more recognizable, and also my favorite.

 

The Fox by Franz Marc: The Fox by Franz MarcThe Fox by Franz Marc: The Fox by Franz Marc

 

The Tiger by Franz Marc: The Tiger by Franz MarcThe Tiger by Franz Marc: The Tiger by Franz Marc

 

Red and Blue Horses by Franz Marc: Red and Blue Horses by Franz MarcRed and Blue Horses by Franz Marc: Red and Blue Horses by Franz Marc
 

 What do you think? Can you see foreboding apocalypse in the first image? Do you like Franz Marc's Expressionism or Cubism better?

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