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Franz Marc

European Art

Animals played a central role in the art of Franz Marc, who attempted to capture their spiritual purity through bold, stylized forms like those of the tiger depicted in this woodcut. A close associate of Vasily Kandinsky’s, he cultivated a dynamic Expressionist style that used rhythmic patterns of color and line to evoke movement. In a short text he wrote in 1910, Marc stated that he was trying to “achieve a pantheistic empathy with the throbbing and racing of the blood in nature, in trees, in animals, in the air.” Marc died four years after making this print, in World War I.
MEDIUM Woodcut on Eastern laid paper
  • Place Made: Germany
  • DATES 1912
    DIMENSIONS image: 7 7/8 × 9 7/16 in. (20 × 24 cm) sheet: 12 1/8 × 16 1/16 in. (30.8 × 40.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Verso stamped: "Handdruck vom Originalholzstock bestätigt:" in rectangle (Lugt 1782b)
    SIGNATURE Lower right in block: "M"
    INSCRIPTIONS Lower left in graphite: "1912 TIGER" Verso following stamp in graphite: "Maria Marc"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Franz Marc (German, 1880-1916). Tiger, 1912. Woodcut on Eastern laid paper, image: 7 7/8 × 9 7/16 in. (20 × 24 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 52.2.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.2.2_PS2.jpg)
    EDITION Edition: 1/2
    IMAGE overall, 52.2.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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