The return of Der Blaue Reiter to the Orangerie, or the origins of modern art in Germany

The return of Der Blaue Reiter to the Orangerie, or the origins of modern art in Germany

The return of Der Blaue Reiter to the Orangerie, or the origins of modern art in Germany

Through 17 June 2019, the Musée de l’Orangerie will be showing pieces by two major German Expressionist artists and of the Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) movement. The Blaue Reiter Almanac is tied to the painter Kandinsky. But it is in fact the work of three artists, including Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914), both of whom died tragically and prematurely on the German front. The movement sought to create a connection to the past and shed some light on the future, using universal references in a form which melded all the arts together. For the first time in France, the work of Franz Marc and August Macke has been assembled in a single exhibition. According to radio broadcasts, the story behind the Blue Rider name was apparently quite simple and pragmatic: Marc and Kandinsky both liked the colour blue, Marc liked horses, and Kandinsky, horse riders. They put it all together, and the rest is history. Learn more

Franz Marc, The dream, 1912, Madrid, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza © Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid