Animals in Art - no.4

The Franz Marc painting, Large Blue Horses, is probably the best known of his many paintings. Its original German title was Die grossen blauen Pferde, and it was painted in 1911.

Featuring the artist’s signature pallette of vivid, primary colours, the oil on canvas painting depicts three large blue horses standing together in a group, in front of a stylised landscape of red hills. The horses take up most of the canvas and are made of completely curving lines.

Franz Marc was a German artist who belonged to a group called Der Blaue Reiter, or The Blue Riders. This was a group of Expressionist artists, who aimed to create art that depicted feelings, instead of a direct copy of reality.