Mail Art by Franz Marc

Franz 1

“Two Foxes,” postcard mailed to Albert Bloch in Munich, 1913

Franz 2

“Four Foxes, postcard mailed ” to Wassily Kandinsky in Munich, 1913

Franz 3

“Two Cats,” postcard mailed to Lilly Klee in Munich, 1913

Franz 4

“Three Horses in Landscape with Houses,” postcard mailed to Paul Klee in Munich, 1913

Franz 5

“Two Sheep,” postcard mailed to Wassily Kandinsky, 1913

Franz 6

“Black Cow Behind a Tree,” postcard mailed in 1913

Franz 7

“Blue Horse, Red House and Rainbow,” postcard mailed to Paul Klee in Munich, 1913

Franz Marc (1880 – 1916) was a painter and a key figure in German Expressionism. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name became synonymous with the circle of artists appearing in it. Drafted to serve in the German Army at the beginning of World War I, he died at the Battle of Verdun. In the 1930s, the Nazis labeled him “a degenerate artist” as part of their suppression of modern art. But his work, and his reputation, survived.

Flowers

Stalin Hugs

“In an iconic photo, Stalin receives a hug and a bouquet from young Gelia Markizova, daughter of a Communist Party official. Shortly afterward, her parents were arrested and her father was shot for treason.”

— From Symphony for the City of the Dead (2015) by M.T. Anderson