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The Bewitched Mill

Vibrantly colored geometric painting of a central white and blue waterfall with birds visible through it. A stylized red jungle cat and black wild boar drink at bottom right. Red water wheel at left, angular blue and white cityscape top at left, tree top at right.

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  • Vibrantly colored geometric painting of a central white and blue waterfall with birds visible through it. A stylized red jungle cat and black wild boar drink at bottom right. Red water wheel at left, angular blue and white cityscape top at left, tree top at right.

Date:

1913

Artist:

Franz Marc
German, 1880–1916

About this artwork

Among the German Expressionists, artists who used strong color and exaggerated form to express emotional content, Franz Marc was unique in his empathic interest in the life of animals. “Is there a more mysterious idea,” he asked, “than to imagine how nature is reflected in the eyes of animals?” Beginning in 1905, he devoted himself to representing the world with a fresh and purifying vision. Marc painted The Bewitched Mill following a sojourn to the Italian town of Merano in the southern Tirol. The work’s title refers to the “magical” harmony he sensed there between human life, represented by the houses and mill on the left, and nature, embodied by the lyrical region of trees and animals on the right.

Status

On View, Gallery 392

Department

Modern Art

Artist

Franz Marc

Title

The Bewitched Mill

Origin

Germany

Date

1913

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

inscribed, l.l.: "M."

Dimensions

130.2 × 90.8 cm (51 1/4 × 35 7/8 in.), without frame

Credit Line

Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1931.522

Extended information about this artwork

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