Franz Marc: A 'Blue Rider' in Bavaria
Motifs and motivation
Franz Marc painted cats, dogs, cows, deer, foxes, tigers and horses. He liked to depict animals and even showed them dreaming. His original "Blue Horse I" (1911), which hangs in the Lenbachhaus art museum in Munich, is symbolic of the progressive energy of the Blue Rider movement. Its artists defied the conventions taught in art schools and opted for more expressive forms, including abstract art.