Marc, Franz

BORN 8 Feb 1880, München, Bayern - DIED 4 Mar 1916, Verdun, Lorraine
CAUSE OF DEATH killed in action
GRAVE LOCATION Kochel am See, Bayern: Friedhof

Son of the painter Wilhelm Marc. He was meant to be a priest, but he didn't feel up to the task and instead he went to study philosophy at the University of Munich in 1899. In 1900 he joined the Royal Academy of Munich. In 1901 he travelled to Venice with his older brother Paul. In 1903 he went to France where he saw the works of Courbet and Delacroix. He set up a studio in Schwabing (Munich) in 1904 and he befriended Annette von Eckardt, who was married to someone else.

In 1907 he travelled to Paris and saw the works of Van Gogh and Gaugain. In 1908 he spent the summer at Langgries with Maria Franck, who became his wife in London in 1911. His work was heavily influenced by Van Gogh. In 1910 he met August Macke and soon afterwards Kandinsky, Jawlensky and Münter. In 1911 he participated in the first "Blauen Reiter" exhibition in Munich and in 1912 he published the almanac "Der Blaue Reiter" together with Kandinsky.

In 1914 he bought a house at Kochel am See, but shortly afterwards he joined the German army as a volunteer to fight in the war. On March 4, 1916 he was killed near Verdun. His body was moved to Kochel am See in 1917.

In 1937 the nazis removed his work from the museums and it was exhibited at the notorious "Entartete Kunst" exhibition.

Related persons
• was pupil of Diez, Wilhelm von
• was a friend of Macke, August


The grave of Franz Marc at Kochel, Bavaria.
Picture by Androom (13 July 2004)


The grave of Franz Marc at Kochel, Bavaria.
Picture by Androom (13 July 2004)


"Akte im Freien".
   (1911, Düsseldorf: Museum Kunstpalast)

"Der Tiger".
   (1912, München: Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus)

Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (Editie 1992)
LeMO Franz Marc

Marchesi, Blanche

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 28 Dec 2021