Franz Marc (1880-1916) was a German painter and printmaker known for his vibrant and emotive works, particularly his exploration of animal symbolism. He was a key figure in the Blue Rider (der Blaue Reiter) movement, which sought to express spiritual and emotional truths through art. Marc's paintings often featured bold, vivid colors and simplified forms, reflecting his belief in the spiritual power of color. He had a deep connection with nature and frequently depicted animals, using them as symbols of purity and the untamed spirit. Tragically, Marc's life was cut short when he died in World War I at the age of 36, but his contributions to the art world continue to inspire and captivate audiences to this day.