Dog Lying in the Snow, Franz Marc
Franz Marc
Dog Lying in the Snow
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Franz Marc

Dog Lying in the Snow, ca. 1911

62.5 x 105 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1919, confiscated in 1937, reacquired in 1961, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 11


About the Work

Animals are at the centre of Franz Marc’s paintings. For him, they embodied an original state of harmony with creation. To illustrate their pure and peaceful nature, he often depicted them lying on the ground, sleeping. This painting shows his own dog, the white shepherd mix Russi. The work marks a stylistic shift away from lifelike renderings towards experimentation with colour and form. Here, he was particularly interested in how the perception of the white tones in the fur changes against the likewise white snow cover, and how the colours influence each other. The dog’s stylised form is inspired by the Cubists’ angular design, which Marc had previously seen in exhibitions.

About the Acquisition

This popular painting by Franz Marc of a dog lying in the snow joined the museum's collection twice. The first occasion was when it was purchased from the painter's widow in 1919, after which it hung in the modern section until 1937. The National Socialists removed it from the collection together with seventy-six other works as part of their confiscation of "degenerate art", but in 1961 the opportunity presented itself to acquire the work, by then in a private American collection, for the second time. The purchase price of 175,000 marks was almost three times higher than the previous top price paid by the Städel for modernist art - but after a short period of consideration, and in view of the importance of the painting for the collection, the Museums-Verein decided to buy it back.

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Kunst|Stück – Franz Marc: Liegender Hund im Schnee
Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Franz Marc: Liegender Hund im Schnee (1911), Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.

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