Franz Marc

Franz Marc was a highly skilled German expressionist artist who was a significant part of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), which helped bring about developments in contemporary art and included Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, whose style was somewhat similar to Franz Marc.

This website looks into the career and life of this creative German painter and displays a gallery of his most famous paintings. There are also links besides the images of his work which takes you through to the Franz Marc prints gallery where you can buy your own copy of his original paintings to add to your home or office wall.

Germany has a long reputation for producing impressive artists who left a clear influence on the direction of European art and Franz Marc is certainly another who left an important legacy behind.

His career was at the very start of the 20th century and despite only lasting for under 20 years he was still able to deliver a significant number of high quality paintings that remain much loved today and for this reason his career remains well known.

Franz Marc is known to have followed the work of Vincent van Gogh which is surprising considering how the Dutchman was not generally respected during his own lifetime and shortly afterwards. Franz Marc shows an inciteful and independent mind in following Van Gogh who was later to become so much loved across the world.

There is certainly some influence on Franz Marc as a result of this appreciation for Vincent when you consider the brightness of colour that both used within their work as well as the highly expressive style that each incorporated into their paintings. There are more Franz Marc paintings here too.

In recent years there have been some high prices attributed to sales of Franz Marc original paintings, though rarely do any now come up for auction due to the great popularity of the painter which means most will hold onto their prized assets.

Up to now the highest price for a Franz Marc painting is around $5m but that was around the late 1990s, so any new sales would likely be far higher, particularly when considering other recent sales for related artists.

Yellow Cow

Yellow Cow is a beautiful painting from Franz Marc which you can see above. It is just one of countless examples which exist from the artist's career of where he would depict animals within his bright expressionist style. As well as cows, he would also cover tigers and horses, amongst others, and each offered him different challenges when attempting to depict them accurately whilst adding his own touches at the same time.

Fighting Forms

Fighting Forms ranks as one of the most reproduced of all paintings from Franz Marc's career and is perhaps one of the more abstract of all, whilst relying on his impressive use of colour to complete a highly contemporary finish. Fighting Forms leaves question marks for the viewer over what exactly is being depicted where as other paintings like Yellow Cow are far more immediately obvious.

Large Red Horses

Large Red Horses is a charming work which offers a natural scenic look with three horses in separate poses and the greater number of animals in this piece allows the artist to experiment with different poses grouped together. Franz Marc, as a truly expressive artist, was never going to concentrate too much on precise reproduction of any animal's anatomy and rather just approach a painting with a desire to expressive himself with colour.


Tiger is another fine work from Franz Marc and combines bold colours beautifully, with yellows, greens and more giving a bright but balanced look, within his fractured style which was carried across most of the paintings in the latter part of his career. Tiger is one of few paintings in which this animal was used, but others such as horses, cows and the likes were reproduced time and time again as the artist look to re-use and repurpose his prefered animals.

Large Blue Horses

Fate of the Animals

Animals in Landscape

Tale of Creation

Franz Marc reproductions are hugely popular at the moment with art fans across the world thanks to his respected work and the ease at which artists can now have their work published right across the world through modern media.

The most frequent reproductions are Franz Marc prints, posters and stretched canvases with several works being chosen most of the time such as Blue Horse, Large Red Horses, Sheep, Yellow Cow and Fighting Forms.

Franz Marc was classified as an expressionist which refers to the contemporary style in which he would depict objects, adding his own emotion and flourishes which ensured each object would be his personal representation rather than what you would see from realism artists, for example.

Van Gogh was another expressionist and he would create bold skies with unrealistic movement which accentuated the characteristics. Such style drew initial distain from academics but went on to be accepted and much loved by the art public whose interests were less stubborn.

Franz Marc is yet another famous artist whose private life was littered with controversy and instability, having married twice in his twenties and carried out an extended affair with a married woman who also was an artist herself which made their strong connection likely.

There are too many painters to mention who also struggled for comfort in their private lives, but good examples include Van Gogh, Modigliani and Jackson Pollock.

List of Famous Franz Marc

Please see below for a summarised list of the best Franz Marc paintings that are featured throughout this website.

  • Animal Destinies
  • Animals in Landscape
  • Bathing Girls
  • Birds
  • Birth of the Horses
  • Blue Black Fox
  • Blue Horse
  • Broken Forms
  • Cats
  • Colorful Flowers
  • A Dog, a Fox and a Cat
  • Cottages on the Dachau Marsh
  • Cows Yellow Red Green
  • Crouching Deer
  • Dead Deer
  • Deer at Dusk
  • Deer in a Monastery Garden
  • Deer in the Forest
  • Deer in the Snow
  • Dog Lying in the Snow
  • Donkey Frieze
  • Dreaming Horses
  • Fabulous Beast II
  • Fairy Animals
  • Fighting Forms
  • Foxes
  • Gazelles
  • Grazing Horses
  • The Red Horses
  • Haystacks in the Snow
  • Horse Asleep
  • Horse in a Landscape
  • In the Rain
  • Indersdorf
  • Jumping Dog
  • Schlick
  • Larch Sapling
  • Large Lenggries Horse Painting
  • Long Yellow Horse
  • Monkey Frieze
  • Mountain Goats
  • Mountains
  • Rocky Way Landscape
  • Nude with Cat
  • Picture with Cattle
  • PigsPlaying Dogs
  • Portrait of the Artist's Mother
  • Rain
  • Red and Blue Horse
  • Red Deer
  • Ruhende KuheKauernder Steir
  • Saint Julian l'Hospitalier
  • Seated Mythical Animal
  • Sheaf of Grain
  • Shepherds
  • Siberian Sheepdogs
  • Sleeping Animals
  • Sleeping Deer
  • Small Composition
  • Small Horse Picture
  • Small Horse Study
  • Stables
  • The Dead Sparrow
  • The Enchanted Mill
  • The First Animals
  • The Large Blue Horses
  • The Little Blue Horse
  • The Little Yellow Horses
  • The Mandrill
  • The Monkey
  • The Steer
  • The Bull
  • The Tower of Blue Horses
  • The Unfortunate Land of Tyrol
  • The Waterfall
  • The WolvesBalkan War
  • The Yellow Cow
  • Three Animals Dog Fox and Cat
  • Three Horses
  • Tiger
  • Two Blue Horses
  • Two Cats Blue and Yellow
  • Two Horses
  • Two Women on the Hillside Sketch
  • Tyrol
  • Weasels at Play
  • Wild Pigs boar and Sow
  • Woman in the Wind by the Sea
  • Woodcutter
  • Young Boy with a Lamb