Bathing Girls

Bathing Girls
Franz Marc (German, 1880-1916)
Oil on canvas 
43 x 56 in. (109.2 x 142.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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Marc, the son of a painter, at first could not decide between a career in theology, philosophy, or art. In 1910, Marc painted "Bathing Girls," inspired in part by an exhibition of Cézanne's "Bathers," which encouraged Marc to create his own image of a primitive paradise, with his own visual language. In Marc's lyrical version, the same undulating lines and fluid forms that animate the bodies also animate the landscape. It is a deliberate effort to point to the universal force that moves through all the world, the vital force that Marc called "the organic rhythm that beats in all things."


Werner Dücker, Dusseldorf, by June/July 1911 from the Marc exhibition in Barmen).
Dr. Franz Haniel, donated 1924 to;
Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf;
Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Dusseldorf, until 1937;
Depot Schloss Niederschönhausen (sale, Lucerne, Galerie Fischer, Gemälde und Plastiken moderner Meister aus deutschen Museen, 30 June 1939, lot 91, for Sf 3,300, to);
Emil Georg Bührle (d. 1956), Zurich, by descent in;
Bührle family, Zurich, until at least 1967;
[Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, London];
[Marlborough-Gerson Gallery Inc., New York, sold 8 May 1968 to];
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