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August Macke

German, 1887–1914

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August Macke

German, 1887–1914

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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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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2011
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

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.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2011
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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