No 268 Franz Marc

grazing-horses-iv-the-red-horses-1911-quote“Serious art has been the work of individual artists whose art has had nothing to do with style because they were not in the least connected with the style or the needs of the masses. Their work arose rather in defiance of their times.” Franz Marc, a German painter and printmaker and one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement, was killed on March 4, 1916.

Wikipedia states: “After mobilization of the German Army during World War I, the government identified notable artists to be withdrawn from combat for their own safety. Marc was on the list but was struck in the head and killed instantly by a shell splinter during the Battle of Verdun in 1916 before orders for reassignment could reach him.”


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5 Responses to No 268 Franz Marc

  1. I’ve done a lot of research about the Great War in relation to my site ( ) and, according to letters home which were published in the local paper, all casualties were ‘killed instantly’ and they never suffered.

  2. Y. Prior says:

    well now that is just so sad that Franz was killed like that – but at least they tired to get him back in the studio –

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