Marc, Franz (1880–1916) By Grimm, Dagmar
Franz Marc was born in Munich, Germany in 1880 and died in the battle of Verdun in 1916, one of many of the Great War’s tragic losses. Formerly a student of theology and philosophy, Marc studied at the Art Academy in Munich and first exhibited there at the Galerie Brakl in February 1910. As a proponent of the new direction in art, he emphasized its spiritual essence as opposed to the materialism inherent in the work of the past. He was interested in aesthetic theory: to deconstruct and find a parallel way to that of science to arrive at what lies concealed under the cover of outward appearance.