Franz Marc was a leading figure of German Expressionism, and one of the key members of the influential art group, The Blue Rider. Initially, Marc wanted to become a high school teacher and enrolled at the University of Munich to study philosophy and theology. However, a year later, in 1900, he decided to pursue painting and entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied under the painters Gabriel von Hackl and Wilhelm von Diez.
- Born: February 8, 1880; Munich, Germany Died: March 4, 1916; Braquis, France
- Nationality: German Art Movement: Expressionism
- Painting School: Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Degenerate art, Der Sturm, Neue Künstlervereinigung München (Munich New Artist’s Association) NKVM
- Genre: animal painting, wildlife painting Field: painting, printmaking
- Influenced by: El Greco Influenced on: Paul Klee, Maggie Laubser
- Art institution: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Munich Academy), Munich, Germany
- Friends and Co-workers: Edvard Munch, August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky, Erich Heckel