VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, (2016)

Franz Marc, Schöpfungsgeschichte II, Woodcut in Colors, 1914

Item no. 217817-54

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    • Woodcut in colors on Japan paper; posthumous impression from 1921
    • Franz Marc (1880-1916) – German painter, draughtsman and grafic artist, co-founder of the artist group ‘Der Blaue Reiter’
    • Monogrammed ‘M’ in the block; signed and inscribed by the printer ‘gedr. F. Voigt’ in pencil
    • One of 25 copies on Japan paper aside from an edition of 100 copies on paper and cardboard
    • Issued in ‘DIE ERSTE MAPPE’
    • Edited by Wolf Przygode, published by Verlag der Dichtung/Gustav Kiepenheuer, Potsdam, 1921 (with their blindstamp)
    • Catalogue raisonné: Lankheit 843 3 (of 5), Hohberg/Jansen 42 3 (of 6), Söhn HDO 509-5
    • Image dimensions: 23.9 x 20 cm; sheet dimensions: 35.8 x 31.1 cm (trimmed)
    • A highly abstracted illustration of the creation story that Franz Marc had intended for a planned edition of the Bible
    • The price for this item contains a resale rights royalty that will be paid out to the collecting society VG Bild Kunst
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  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition


    All margins of the woodcut are trimmed. Thus, the estate stamp with the estate signature by Maria Marc ‘Handdruck vom Originalholzstock bestätigt: Maria Marc’ (Lugt 1782b) has been eliminated. Additionally, a strip of c. 0.5 cm is sharply folded back in all margins, resulting in numerous paper breaks, paper losses, defects and tears. A somewhat longer tear (c. 2.5 cm) in the right margin is skillfully restored. The image is in good condition with fresh colors.

    Franz Marc (1880-1916)

    Born in Munich in 1900, the artist studied at the art academy under Wilhelm von Diez and Gabriel Hackl. He traveled to Italy, Greece and Paris where he was impressed by the artists of Impressionism and by Van Gogh. 1910 Marc met Wassily Kandinsky, with whom he founded the artist group ‘Der Blaue Reiter’ in 1911. Striving after a spiritualization of form and looking for an image for creation as a whole Franz Marc took to animal depictions, which colors he uncoupled from nature he charged symbolically. Famous are blue horses. From 1913 until his untimely death in 1916 he turned to an abstract painting. 

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