Weidende Pferde III (Grazing Horses III)
Feb 5, 2008
Franz Marc’s 1910 canvas “Weidende Pferde III (Grazing Horses III)” sold for a record 12.3 million pounds ($23 million)to Mikhail Kamensky, director of Sotheby’s Russia.
This was highest price for an Impressionist & Modern work in 2008.
A magnificent museum quality work, it is the only example from the artist’s iconic paintings of horses still in private hands.
Marc believed that the horse, with its flowing mane and strong, sinuous physicality, symbolised the ideal beauty of nature.
Weidende Pferde III, painted in 1910, is a magnificent example that already exemplifies the objectives of this new wave of German Expressionism.
The rhythmic dynamic postures of the four horses and vibrant colours of the composition evoke the sensation of movement reinforced by the bright greens and yellows of the meadows.
Other examples now hang in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and in the Busch-Reisinger Museum in Harvard.
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