Marc’s gentle paintings depict animals—with the conspicuous absence of man—in nature. His search for an unspoiled state of existence, in which all elements of the world live in harmony, led him to choose animals as the most fitting symbol of a harmonious state of being in a primeval world. Kaleidoscopic patterns of vibrant color fuse the animals and the landscape elements, expressing Marc’s belief in nature as an interrelated force.
Artist Franz Marc, German, 1880-1916
  • Animals in a Landscape
Date 1914
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 43 3/8 × 39 1/4 inches (110.2 × 99.7 cm)
Framed: 46 7/8 × 43 × 2 1/4 inches (119.1 × 109.2 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Robert H. Tannahill
Accession Number 56.144
Department European Modern Art to 1950
On View Modern N230.2, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right: M.
Marks Label, on verso: Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover 1936 | Bes. M. Marc | aus Dresden von Probst | Bilt mit Ridern 1914
Label, on verso: Buchholz Gallery | Curt Valentin | 32 East 57th Street, New York
"Cattle in Jungle"
"Franz Marc"
"Robert Tannahill"
Inscriptions Inscribed, handwritten in pencil, on verso: Bilt mit Rindern 1914 | verkauflich | nach Berlin
1936-1956, Robert H. Tannahill [1893-1969] (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA);
1956-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Franz Marc: Gedachtnis-Ausstellung. Exh. cat., Neue Munchener Secession. Munich, 1916, no. 145.

Franz Marc: Gedachtnis-Ausstellung. Exh. cat., Kestner-Gesellschaft. Hannover, 1936, no. 56.

Franz Marc Exhibition. Exh. cat., Bucholz Gallery. New York, 1940, no. 23.

Exh. cat., Germanic Museum. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1941, no. 409.1940.

Bulletin of the DIA 36, 3 (1956-1957): p. 74.

Art Quarterly 20, 3 (1957): p. 225 (ill.).

Selz, P. German Expressionist Painting. Berkeley, 1957, p. 307.

Uhr, H. Masterpieces of German Expressionism at the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1982, p. 156 (ill.).

Dillenberger, John, ed. Paul Tillich on Art and Architecture. New York, 1987, pp. viii-ix (ill.).

Hopfengaart, Christine. Der Blaue Reiter. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle Bremen. Bremen, 2000, p. 115, no. 30 (ill.).