Franz Marc (1880-1916) was one of the most important members of the Blue Rider group of painters, together with artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Munter, August Macke, Paul Klee, and Alfred Kubin. The group marked the high point of German Expressionism and had a profound influence on international art during the brief period from its formation to the start of the First World War. The third and final volume of the catalogue raisonne contains the thirty-two sketchbooks by the artist and illustrates the hundreds of drawings he made from life as studies for works in other media. Over one thousand sketchbook pages are catalogued and reproduced for the first time, many of which had been separated from the sketchbooks and are here re-united with details of provenance and present location to provide a complete picture of the artist's preparatory work. The volume also contains detailed entries and illustrations of the artist's forty-five prints, including information on media, provenance, and location. It begins with introductory texts that explain the authors' methodology in cataloging the work and concludes with concordances, a glossary of terms, bibliography, and index.
Dr Annegret Hoberg is curator at the Stadtische Galerie, the Lenbachhaus, Munich. She is responsible for the Blauer Reitler department and for the Kubin Archive; Isabelle Jansen is curatorial assistant at the Stadtische Galerie.
It should be emphasised once again how valuable this completed catalogue by Annegret Hoberg and Isabelle Jansen will be for scholars and dealers. Only now is it possible to take an objective view of Marc's oeuvre, developing an understanding of his work in its full and proper context - The Art Newspaper, No 236, June 2012