Stables, by Franz Marc, 1913
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oil painting on cloth, 73,6×57,5 cm, 1913 dated, monogrammed M lower right, annotated on the backside ‘Stallungen/Fr.Marc Sindelsdorf Ob. Bayern’, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Franz Marc has seen the beauty of a stable with heavy horses in stalls. The horses seen from the back turn their heads towards the viewer. Marc used the theme of horses turning their heads backward more often in his work. Animals were the fascination of Franz Marc and horses in the first place. For him animals were the way to discover cosmic forces in nature. He used horses more often in landscapes than indoor, such as here. Apparently here he was impressed by the regularity of lines of the horses in their stalls. This stable interior must have been in a large farm. Franz Marc was killed in the first world war. In 1911 he had founded with Kandinsky and Jawlensky the group “Der blaue Reiter’.