Bull Resting, 2012

Bull Resting is a 1913 painting by Franz Marc. The painting is not so much abstract as an abstraction – the bull is recognisable, as if seen through a stained glass window.

Marc was a member of The Blue Rider group, with Wassily Kandinsky. Franz Marc had this to say about the work of the group: “We have gone with a dowser’s twig  through the art of the past and the present. We have shown only art that lived unaffected by the constraints of convention. Our love and attention were directed to any kind of artistic expression that was born of itself, living by its own merits and not relying on the crutch of custom. Every time we discovered a crack in convention, we drew attention to it, because we wanted to discover the power that lay behind it, and which one day will come to light.”

You can see a picture of Bull Resting here.

Without putting a time limit on it (because I know I won’t stick to it), I’m going to do a few posts (and photographs), with titles taken from Jean-Luc Daval’s History of Abstract Painting.

As usual, thanks to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion. And to my collaborator, Richard over at CK Ponderings – we’ve just completed our eighth collaboration – it’s over on Richard’s blog.