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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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One of the most famous paintings by Franz Marc was the ‘Elephant’. This was no surprise due to the fact that the painter was in love with nature.

Franz Marc wanted people to fall in love with nature all over again through his paintings. While others saw what he did as the work of an ingenious painter, Marc felt that he was passing across a message in his time.

He came from an era that new war and turmoil and the animals were a way to express what he felt about the happenings. The ‘Elephant’ was a masterpiece that exuded a difference from most of his other paintings that were accentuated with bright colors depicting emotion.

Franz loved to use blue on his paintings to depict masculinity especially on animals such as horses. He also used yellow to express femininity on gentle animals. Red bold colors would depict and bring out an expression of danger.

Elephant was however in gray and was done on paper and chalk, unlike the abstract paintings that were fused with nature.

He has often been compared to Pablo Picasso, a man famed for fusing abstract features and reality together to create amazing pieces of art. Franz was brought up by a father that had a strong inclination to painting specializing in landscape painting. Franz picked the art but developed his own unique style that was mainly expressionist. The war did not deter his work but on the contrary made it, even more, expression ate with more of his work seeing public light.

This came to a sudden halt when the Nazis decided to pull down all paintings with the rise of communism. He was, however, not the only victims as the rest of the artists faced the same fate. The Elephant being one of the many paintings that did not have the same expression as the others seem to many like an unfinished piece a fact that no one can verify.