Art Goes to War: The Tragedies of Franz Marc and August Macke

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When World War I broke out in August 1914, many German Expressionist artists initially believed it could be the apocalyptic event that would at last overthrow the self-satisfied materialism of the nation’s monarch and bourgeoisie. Franz Marc and August Macke, two of the leading artists of German Expressionism, were among those who enlisted for active duty or were drafted. This lecture examines their experiences during the war, and the lives of others who survived only to become denounced as “degenerates.”