Bathing Girls

Bathing Girls
Artist:
Franz Marc (German, 1880-1916)
Date:
1910
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
43 x 56 in. (109.2 x 142.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1968.11.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

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."

Provenance:

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];
Norton Simon Art Foundation

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