On February 3 in London, Sotheby's sells a Grosse Landschaft by Franz Marc, lot 6 estimated £ 4M. This large oil on canvas 110 x 211 cm painted in 1909 is one of the earliest examples of the symbolist approach by the artist.
The main theme of this artwork is not indeed the landscape, a very ordinary meadow, but the group of four horses in attentive attitudes, all in the same color between orange and light red.
The meeting of Kandinsky and Marc in September 1910 is highly important for modern art. The quest for a new symbolism by Marc influenced the hermetic researches of Kandinsky. Marc tries in his turn to codify his own colors. Bright colors exacerbate the feelings: blue for the authoritarian male, yellow for the soft female and dark red for the unwelcomed violence that breaks the harmony of nature.
Their movement is identified from late 1911 as the Blaue Reiter, a striking image that symbolizes in two words the new art better than the complex theories of Kandinsky could have done.