This study days offers a reinterpretation of the work by Franz Marc and August Macke, two major figures of German Expressionism who have rarely been exhibited in France. Marc and Macke, alongside Kandinsky, were the key figures behind Der Blaue Reiter [The Blue Rider], a group formed in connection with the almanac of the same name. Their relationship to French art, and notably to Cézanne, to the Fauves and to Delaunay, will be examined at this event. The complex reasons behind the endorsement by the German public following their early deaths shall also be addressed, as well as the instrumentalisation of their painting, qualified as “degenerate” by the Third Reich. In contrast, the reasons behind the limited critical success of these two artists in France will also be questioned.
From 10am to 1pm at the Musée de l’Orangerie
From 3pm to 6 pm at the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art / DFK Paris
Hôtel Lully - 45, rue des Petits Champs 75001 Paris