Jean Marie Carey deposited Eyes Be Closed: Franz Marc’s Liegender Hund im Schnee in the group Der Blaue Reiter on Humanities Commons 2 years, 5 months ago
This paper is an intensely-focused study of Expressionist painter Franz Marc’s 1911 “Liegender Hund im Schnee” (Dog Lying in the Snow), a portrait of Marc’s dog, Russi. The purpose of this analysis is to show Marc’s careful description of the dog, in both his writings and the titles of other paintings of Russi, to depict the challenging subjects not only of animal sentiency but of the subconscious world of this particular dog. Comparisons are drawn between Marc’s ensouled animal and inspiration he drew from both Paul Gauguin and Théodore Géricault. Marc ideas about the rediscovery of utopia are connected to notions of innocence and the unspoiled past. Key developments in Marc’s biography are connected to the emergence of Russi as a central figure in the artist’s life and work.