Three Horses in a Hilly Landscape, Franz Marc
Franz Marc
Three Horses in a Hilly Landscape
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Franz Marc

Three Horses in a Hilly Landscape, 1910 – 1911

112 x 179 mm
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Graphite, partially washed, on laid paper (from a sketchbook)
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17902 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

This atmospheric drawing is from one of Marc’s sketchbooks. With a confident hand, the artist has depicted three horses from the back. A discreet wash lends their coats a natural-looking sheen. The curves of their bodies echo the hilly landscape alluded to in the background with fine lines and wide strokes: animal and nature clearly coexist here in peaceful harmony. From around 1910 onwards, animals were the key vehicle of expression for the oneness with nature Marc longed for.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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