August Macke
German, 1887-1914
High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2011
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions
WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection,
Leopold Museum
August Macke - Up close and personal: A Selection of Drawings and Pictures,
Galerie Thomas
Gurlitt: Status Report. «Degenerate Art» – confiscated and sold,
Kunstmuseum Bern

German expressionist painter August Macke was a member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group that included Wassily Kandinsky and centered on the idea of expressing the spiritual through art. Macke was influenced by travels and encounters in Switzerland, Paris, Italy, the Netherlands, and Tunisia, and he cycled through styles including impressionism, futurism, fauvism, and cubism. The artist developed an oeuvre that combined many of these styles into bright, planar paintings featuring natural landscapes of rolling hills and turn-of-the century life. After his death during World War I in 1914, fellow Blaue Reiter member [Franz Marc](/artist/franz-marc praised Macke in his obituary as "the one who gave colors the brightest and purest tone of us all.”

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