Born on 8 February 1880 in Munich as the son of a professor for painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Franz Marc came early to touch painting. The painter, draftsman and graphic artist is one of the most important representatives of Expressionism as co-founder of the artist's association "Der Blaue Reiter". Marc was mortally wounded on March 4, 1916, by a shell splitter in Braquis near Verdun.
While Marc first decided to study philosophy, he finally discovered his interest in horses and painting and enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1900. After completing his studies, Marc moved to Paris. While his early works are marked by the naturalistic style of academicism, Marc is first in touch with the new current of Impressionism and the art of Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh in Paris. He also deals with Gothic art. After his return to Munich, Marc opened his own studio in Munich and began experimenting with new painting styles such as Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism and Orphism beginning in 1910, without completely separating himself from the object. In the years 1913 and 1914 Marc's first abstract works were created. Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter, Marc became a member of the "Neue Künstlerverein München" in 1911 for a short time and is increasingly interested in different color phenomena. In the same year, the three painters left the artists' association and founded the group "Der Blaue Reiter", inspired by Marc's favorite motif of the horses and his predilection for the color blue. Together with painters such as Paul Klee and August Macke, the Blaue Reiter group publishes an artist's portrait of the same name and exhibit their works in the gallery "Der Sturm" in Berlin.