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The painter and printmaker Franz Marc was one of the most important figures in the development of German Expressionism. He also founded a journal called Der Blaue Reiter, which was synonymous with the group of artists who collaborated there. In 1886, he won the prestigious Prix de Rome for his artwork. His work is represented throughout the world. He was honored as one of the most influential painters of his time. 

Many of Marc's paintings depict animals in chaos, harmony, and abstraction. The paintings, like his other work, are often distorted and unrecognizable, resulting in a "deformity" in the portrayed subject. This chaos may be symbolic of war, which some sources suggest he envisioned as purging humanity from the shackles of civilization. For Marc, the paintings of nature are beautiful. The "religious" themes of his paintings also reflect his interest in spirituality and religion.

Franz Marc's life was not long, but it was still productive. His short life ended prematurely at age 36. He married Maria Marc in 1913, and in 1916, he was enlisted in the Imperial German army. During this period, he also painted military camouflage. During this period, his works were influenced by the works of other artists, from Manet to Kandinsky. After his death, his work was considered a masterpiece.

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