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Franz Marc Impressionist Oil Painting “The Tiger”

German Impressionist painter Franz Marc, 1880 - 1916.
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Franz Marc, The Tiger, 1912, oil on canvas, 32 x 29.5 in / 81.3 x 75 cm, US$280
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     If World War I had not destroyed him in 1916, Franz Marc would probably have painted many more paintings like “The Tiger” which shows a tremendous lack of sentimentality or anthropomorphic identification with the cat. Regardless, his great admiration for and wonderment at animals and animal beauty still comes across clearly in this 1912 painting. 
    
“The Tiger” is one of more than 15 paintings that Marc created in an explosion of creative output that year, including popular masterpieces such as: The Little Blue Horse;

Two Cats; The Monkey; Red Deer II; Blue and Yellow; Cows - Yellow-Red-Green; Deer in the Woods II; The Little Yellow Horses; Girl with Cat II; Two Cats - Blue and Yellow; In the Rain; Paradise; Three Animals (Dog, Fox and Cat); The Blue Rider and His Horse; and Deer in the Monastery Garden.
     Far from introducing any sense of distance, “The Tiger” draws the viewer into the world of the painting's animal protagonist and from the standpoint of another animal. This is certainly the reason Marc's paintings became so popular after 1945 when escape from reality was still the main purpose art was acquired. Escape from reality often plays an important role in Marc's animal paintings.     Marc received a great deal of guidance and encouragement from animal painter Jean Bloe Niestle. Marc found great affinity with "pure beasts" and rather a disdain for people. "I think a lot about my own art," he said. "My instincts have so far guided me not too badly on the whole, even though my works have  German impressionist painter Franz Marc in 1912.

been flawed. Above all I mean the instinct which has led me away from people to a feeling of animality, for 'pure beasts'. The ungodly people around me (particularly the men) did not arouse my true feelings, whereas the undefiled vitality of animals called forth everything good in me ... I found people 'ugly' very early on; animals seemed to me more beautiful, more pure."

     Marc was born in Germany, the son of a devoutly religious professor at the Munich Academy. He grew up with a great interest in theology but also had great artistic and literary ambitions. His family was supportive of these goals.

     He gained his love of animals and particularly horses during a year of voluntary military service in 1890. Upon completing his tour of duty he decided he was to become a painter. "Now I know for sure that I have found what is right for my nature," he said.

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