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Many years ago, we first viewed Fate of the Animals without any context. You know what we thought? Damn! These animals are rocking out! Only later did we discover the angular, energetic rush of color and movement represented Franz Marc’s fear of the atomic bomb. He didn’t mean these animals rocked. He meant they got nuked!

Despite missing the point completely, we keep this in our Top Ten Paintings of All Time. That list also includes Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion, and… well, let’s just cover that some other day. For now, let’s see what our trusty art history book has to say about Franz Marc.

 
art history book - franz marc fates of animals

 
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