Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cats in Art: Playing Cats (Marc)

From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. I'm using some ideas from the coffee table book, The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi.

This is my thirteenth post on Franz Marc (1880-1916), a key German painter whose life tragically ended early on the Western Front in 1916. Maybe he even knew my great-grandfather. This will be a multi-week series (I am still uncovering his cat works)

Image credit The Atheneum, herePlaying Cats (also known as Picture of Cats)Franz Marc, 1913, oil on canvas  17" x  26", held by Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (Germany).

This trio of kitties is a lot like last week's, with the cavorting and all.  These three are all pointed and looking the the left, where presumably someone or something noteworthy is lurking.

This image is a bit different from many of Marc's cat paintings in that the kitties here are all neutral colors: charcoal gray, pale gray, and white.  Here we have no garish oranges or reds, and even the background is much more muted than usual.

Mr. Marc may have gotten up on the wrong side of bed 101 years ago.

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