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Silk scarf and necktie: Franz Marc, Red Horses

Franz Marc 

Born in Munich, Germany in the year 1880 he died in the battle of WWi in Verdun, France, in the year 1916, much too early in his life. When he painted and sold this picture of the 'Red Horses' in the year 1911 he had not only developed his expressionist style of bright, contrasting colours, he also moved his work into a form a symbolic expression. Together with friends, particularly Wassily Kandinsky, then also Alexej von Jawlensky, Marianne von Werefkin, August Macke and Gabriele Münter, Marc created an artists' group and movement, called the 'Blaue Reiter' (the blue rider). It lasted from that year to the beginning of WWi in 1914 and became one of the most well known rebellious art groups in the 20th century. Its first target was the earlier group Kandinsky had created in 1909 in Munich that gathered in the Neue Kuenstlervereinigung Munich, but had become too bourgeois.

Like Kandinsky, Marc looked for spiritual and sensual experience through colour and form. Kandinsky wrote not a manifesto, but foundational literature about these and together with Marc they put it into practice. Still today, as one can see from this ingenious silk scarf and necktie, one cannot take one's eye off this bright and colourful piece of art and clothing.

The History of the 'Red Horses'

After the artist had sold his picture in 1911 to the Folkwang Museum (Hagen, before it moved to Essen, both Germany), Hitler, Goebbels and the Nazi party branded Marc and this painting as 'entartet' and confiscated it from the Museum in 1937; in order to make money for the growing brown movement, they sold it to the Theodor Fischer Gallery in Swiss Lucerne in 1939 just before the start of the war. There, the work became quickly sold again to Paul Esselborn  Geier (1939-1981) who bought this painting out of his own interest, as he had studied at Harvard University from which he graduated in 1936 with his dissertation and “Studies of Modern German Antisemitism”. The Geiers loaned “The Red Horses” alternately to the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) and the Busch-Reisinger Museum in Cambridge, MA, in a shared arrangement. But when in 1996 Gabriele Geier received an unsolicited pledge reminder card from the CAM, she could not believe it, having just written a big check to the Cincinnati Museum. Hence she removed the picture and stopped all future donations to CAM, but made the Busch-Reisinger as the only worthy recipient of the painting. In the meantime, “The Red Horses” have moved to the Fogg Art Museum which is part of Harvard Art Museums. 

  • Dimension: 100cm X 100cm
  • 100% Silk
  • handrolled hems
  • made in Italy
  • a great gift for your mother, friends and for a special occation
  • An elegant accessory for women for all seasons, and you can also frame it as a home decoration.

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