Franz Marc / August Macke. The Adventure of the Blue Rider
The exhibition explores the lives and work of two German artists whose innovations helped create the movement known as Expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany. It explores Marc’s and Macke’s friendship and artistic relationship, how their lives intersected, and how their art was developed and received during their lifetimes: from their interest in French art and more specifically in Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Fauvism to their meeting with Vassily Kandinsky, and finally to Marc’s evolution toward Abstraction with the Italian Futurists while Macke was drawn to Paul Klee’s contemplative style.
Drafted in 1914, both were killed in combat, leaving unfinished yet emblematic works that represent the hedonist, colorful, and seductive side of German Expressionism.
Cécile Debray, Chief Curator, director of the Musée de l’Orangerie
Sarah Imatte, Curator, Musée de l’Orangerie
Exhibition also presented in:
New York, Neue Galerie, from October 4, 2018 to January 21, 2019
This exhibition is part of the programme on European avant-garde painters at the Musée de l’Orangerie, with Apollinaire, the vision of the poet (2016), Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences (2017) and De Chirico and metaphysic painting (2020) exhibitions.