Franz Marc's Dream

Franz Marc's Dream
Franz Marc's Dream

This canvas was painted in 1912 by the expressionist artist Franz Marc and is currently part of the collection of the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza in Madrid.

Franz Marc was one of the founding members of the group El Jinete Azul, which also included geniuses like Wassily Kandisnky or Paul Klee, who were one of the main germs for the emergence of German Expressionism.

Franz Marc's dream

Franz Marc's Dream

Originally, Marc was considered an animal painter, and he himself went so far as to say that his intention was to animalize the art world. Something with which he was proposing a kind of purifying art through the primitive and uncontaminated spirit of the fauna.

Figures of animals appear in many of his works, such asThe Dream, where we see a lion and several horses. With this he intends to describe a harmonious attitude between man and the nature that surrounds him, for which he places the human figure in that landscape of idyllic atmosphere.

Some art critics relate this work and his spirit to others far away, such asThe Garden of Earthly Delightsby Bosch himself. But obviously the style between both artists is very far apart, and not only because of the centuries that separate them.

The Dream is an emblematic work within Marc's pictorial production, a work based onreality but without a realistic representation. We see the woman in the center, naked and sleeping. In it, her face draws her attention, simplified to the maximum, since the only thing that stands out from her are her closed eyes with what her dream indicates, despite the fact that she is not lying down but sitting with her arms and legs crossed. Instead, she applies a slight sway to her body and her head, to indicate to us that she is sleeping.

And around her appear the mentioned horses, the lion and also a house. All this very dreamlike, otherwise the colors that she has been applying to the different elements would be inconceivable.

These colors are somehow inherited from the fauvist painting of the time, since it uses pure colors and especially very strong tones. But to that fauvist character, she also applies some symbolist criteria, since throughout her life there are colors that always have the same meaning. For example, blue always has a masculine value, but also spiritual and intellectual. While yellow is femininity and the kindest sensuality. And by opposition, the red forms of it represent the formless or gross matter, untreated, something that both the blue and the yellow take care of.

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