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ID number:  BIRBI-2000.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Marc, Franz (1880-1916)
Title / Object name:  Lion Hunt (after Delacroix)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Berlin
Culture:  German
Date made:  1913
Materials:  Woodcut on handmade Japanese Paper
Measurements:  282 x 340 mm; mount: 630 x 515 mm
Provenance:  Purchased at the Villa Grisebach Sale, Munich, 25 November 2000 by Garton & Co. for the Barber Institute

Marc uses the woodcut technique to simplify this composition, taken from a Delacroix (1798-1863) painting of 1855, so creating strong shapes that are typical of the German Expressionist style. The eye is drawn to the twisted form of the rearing horse amid a mass of tangled bodies, which encapsulates the fear and tension of the pre-war period in Europe. During the war, horses were used to rescue the wounded and carry artillery. Just three years after making this print, Marc was killed in action at the Battle of Verdun on 4 March 1916.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c: inscribed in pencil, lower left, within image line: 10; inscribed in pencil, lower centre, outside image line: IV; signed on verso.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Barber Goes North: Treasures from the Barber Institute', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK, 15 October 2010 - 15 December 2010; 'Age of Expressionism', Slade School of Art, London, UK, 08 February 2011 - 25 March 2011

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