Franz Marc, the Last Ride of the "Blue Rider"

This dramatised documentary takes as its central theme the last day of rider Franz Marc, who was killed in combat. An opportunity for the director to look back at the life and career of the painter.
Born in 1880, Franz Marc was interested in the various artistic movements of his time: Art Nouveau, Cubism, Fauvism and Expressionism. He combined all these influences into one brilliant synthesis. With Wassily Kandinsky and August Macke, he went on to create the Expressionist-inspired movement Der Blaue Reiter ("the Blue Rider"). His mystical closeness to nature was expressed through animals, which became his favourite models: first, his horses, but then cats, dogs, foxes and tigers, which he sketched in luminous flat areas of bright colours. After meeting Delaunay in Paris, on 1912, his art moved towards abstraction.

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On the balcony, 36 Ainmillerstrasse, Munich, 1911-1912.
From left to right: Maria et Franz Marc, Bernhard Koehler, Heinrich Campendonk, Thomas von Hartmann and Wassily Kandinsky sitting in front. Photo: Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung

Direction: Hedwig Schmutte, 2015
Production: Tag/Traum, Germany
French Version: Arte France
Duration: 52 min

Documentary screened at 3.30pm, every day of the exhibition Franz Marc / August Macke. The Adventure of the Blue Rider