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The Blue Rider

Franz Marc,
Franz Marc, "The Blue Horses", 1911

“The Blue Rider”, this famous artistic group of the early 20th century, was founded in Munich. Its most well-known members were Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and August Macke.

At the group’s origin was the friendship between Kandinsky and Marc, who both express a strong desire for radical changes as well as the vanishing of all forms of frontiers between usual art forms in a collection of texts published under the title "Almanach". Form became the privileged vector of expression for the painter’s or composer’s creative intuition. Abstraction in art actually coincides with a stronger interest for musical forms.

Despite its brevity (1911-1914), The Blue Rider profoundly marked the history of Arts. Its spiritual, global vision of art established a strong connection between awakening abstract art and Realism later on, between Bavarian folklore and the last avant-guard productions of the pre-WWI era.