The Yellow Cow (1911) by Franz Marc

The Yellow Cow - Franz Marc - 1911

Artwork Information

TitleThe Yellow Cow
ArtistFranz Marc
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions140.5 x 189.2 cm
Current LocationSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

About The Yellow Cow

The Yellow Cow is an expressive oil-on-canvas painting by the German artist Franz Marc, completed in 1911. It depicts a yellow cow jumping in a colorful and structured landscape. Marc’s use of bright primary colors characterizes most of his work, and this painting represents one of his earliest examples of color symbolism.

One unique aspect of this artwork is how Marc viewed yellow as a gentle, cheerful, and sensual color that symbolizes femininity. In the painting, he uses the cow as a representation of safety and security he felt in his second marriage to Maria Franck. Yellow Cow is also one of several expressions by Marc that feature animals in an expressionist style.

The central motif of the painting is the jumping cow surrounded by different colors balancing out the overall composition skillfully executed by Marc on canvas measuring 140.5 x 189.2 centimeters with oil paints While there are many suitable interpretations possible for this piece; perhaps it can be seen as an ode to nature’s beauty or simply Franz getting lost in amidst beautiful landscapes creating masterpieces like these on canvas to touch people’s hearts throughout generations to come with their own textures and meanings- something we may only guess at today but remain mesmerized nonetheless at its thought-provoking contemplative value even after all these years!

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