Blue, Blue and MORE Blue!!~


Blue Horse By Franz Marc


Many People have heard of Franz Marc’s Blue Horse Paintings-so I’m going to  start my BLUE blog post off with him!


Franz Marc


Born in Munich Bavaria , Germany – Died in War, In Braquis,  France


My  favorite  abstract artist is Franz Marc. He was born in in 1880 Germany. In 1900, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and in 1903 and 1907 he spent a lot of time going to Museums and copying other famous art pieces in France (mostly in Paris).


He signed up as a cavalryman in the German Army in the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 but by February 1916, had been moved to   military camouflage. His technique was to paint canvas covers (for hiding artillery from aerial observation) in pointillist style. He  took enjoyment by  creating a series of nine tarpaulin covers in styles varying “from Manet to Kandinsky”.


Franz Marc was also one of the founders of the artist group in Germany,  Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) made up of several Russian immigrants and a few of  German natives.

Cover of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) almanac, c.1912


After mobilization of the German Army, the government identified notable artists to be withdrawn from combat for their own safety. Marc was on the list but sadly he was struck in the head and killed instantly by a shell  during the Battle of Verdun in 1916 before orders for reassignment could reach him. He had his sketchbook of animals with him when he died in his pocket ~


Here is a quote from Franz Marc:

“Today we are searching for things in nature that are hidden behind the veil of appearance… We look for and paint this inner, spiritual side of nature”.
–Franz Marc



Here are some of his other famous Blue Horse paintings~


The large blue horses by Franz Marc

An interesting fact about this painting: In 1936 and 1937, the Nazis condemned the late Franz Marc as an degenerate artist and ordered approximately 130 of his works removed from exhibition in German museums but, the  original painting of “The Large Blue Horses” by Franz Marc was just found in 2011  along with over a thousand other paintings, in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt whose dealer father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, was a collector of Modernist art . Who Knew that almost a hundred years later it would turn up?!


The Tower of Blue Horses By Franz Marc



Blue Horses By Franz Marc



Two Blue Horses By Franz Marc



Two Blue Horses By Franz Marc






Little Blue Horse
Blue Horse By Franz Marc


Eric Carle


Northampton, Massachusetts


Eric Carle was born in the USA in 1929 but spent his childhood in Germany. At that time , the Nazi’s forbid creating or displaying  modern or abstract art , which they called  “degenerate”. But one day, when Eric was around 13 years old(like me!) his art teacher, Herr Krauss, secretly showed him some of the forbidden art work, like Franz Marc’s. ” I like the freedom  and the looseness in the way you draw and paint”, Herr Krauss said, “but I am only allowed to teach realistic art”. And then, pointing at the paintings, he said: ” just look at the looseness ,the freedom and–ah!  the beauty of these paintings! The Nazi’s have no idea what  art is ; they are charlatans!” At first Eric was shocked by the art and feared    that Herr Krauss had went mad. Now Eric says, ” My green lion , Polka-dotted donkey , blue horse and other animals painted in the “wrong” colors were really born that day seventy years ago”.


He has also written about 50 children’s books, including ,”  The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” about Franz Marc who painted  animals in “wrong” colors!




Marc Chagall

Blue Horse By Marc Chagall


                                                                                                 The Guru’s Blue Horse~



This is oldest of the paintings of Blue Horses that I am showing you today. This painting is  of Guru Gobind Singh riding his blue horse. It was painted in India in the 1800’s ~ the artist is unknown. Wouldn’t be cool if there really was a horse this blue coloring  today?! At Hazoor Sahib, Nanded there are descendants of this horse that have a white/gray color but have lost mostly all their blue coloring . On the festival of Holla Mahalla or gurpurbs  they are  beautifully decorated with tassels and saddles but  out of “respect ” these stallions  are never ridden .





“Horse Map” Matthew Cusick

Matthew Cusick, Blue Horse, 2011

Inlaid maps on panel

20 x 30 inches


                                                                                         Henry Patton~




Blue Horse By Henry Patton


Henry Patton


Sunrise, the journey begins” by Henry Patton



alicia vannoy call



Blue Horse Year 2014
Blue Horse by Viktoria Markelova,


Blue Horse by Svetlana Novikova



“Blue and White Horse “


“Blue” by Chris Winch


BIG “Blue Horse” by Judy Welch


Big Lex

Lexington’s new mascot Big Lex, adapted from Edward Troye’s 1868 portrait of the great racehorse Lexington. This was used  for the world Equestrian Games in 2010, but not  in 2018! It was just decided yesterday that Canada won the bid for the 2018 Games. Can’t wait to see what horse they come up with!


Be sure to come back next week for part two of the ” Blue, Blue and MORE Blue! Part 2″ Friday!


Hope you all enjoy this post!





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