August Macke Paintings (Famous Artworks)

August Macke Paintings (Famous Artworks)

August Macke is considered one of the greatest German artists of the 20th century. Macke's pleasant and simple depictions of household life made a significant contribution to Expressionism. Macke was one of the prominent figures of the popular German Expressionist Group called The Blue Rider.

Although Macke had a short eight-year career as an artist, he managed to pull off 9000 drawings and 600 watercolors and oil paintings.

This was only a glimpse of what he showed to the world. Let's explore some of the top August Macke paintings.

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Three Girls in a Barque by August Macke

Three Girls in a Barque (1911)

August Macke made frequent visits to Paris from 1907 to 1912.

It was during that time that the artist absorbed artistic influences that helped him to combine everything into his personal style.

He discovered the work of great Fauve artists, such as Henri Matisse during his visit to Paris in 1909. As such, it convinced August Macke to make good use of less-naturalistic and brighter colors.

Also, he learned about how to apply these settings on board brushstrokes. In the same year, Macke met Franz Marc and the two of them started to work together while developing a more colorful and abstract style.

In Three Girls in a Barque, the artist manages to combine different styles into one piece that he discovered during his trips.

The figures that you see in the portrait are rendered in every possible flat color along with graceful lines from Matisse.

In addition, the background is abstract and sweeping.

Also, it included bright patches of color that fall in line with other artists like Kandinsky.

However, in this painting, Macke attempted to produce something different that combines the contemporary style of French painting alongside its attention to form and color. These represent a strong sense of German art.

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Woman in a Green Jacket by August Macke

Woman in a Green Jacket (1913)

Being one of the short-lived members of the popular Expressionist group in Germany The Blue Rider, August Macke believed that colors should express feelings and moods rather than represent objective reality.

And, it is evident in his painting Woman in a Green Jacket.

The main subject in the work is set against the panoramic view of the river near the shade of trees on a bright sunny day.

Centered in the foreground vertically, the woman is dressed elegantly in a dark blue skirt and a green jacket. Furthermore, the woman is contemplatively looking down.

However, she is set apart by certain elements that you find in the background. Two couples are flanking her and two trees are standing on each side.

Not only the positioning of the subject adds depth to the overall composition of the art, but also it singles out the woman.

When you take a closer look at the portrait, you can see that the houses on the left shore are even mirrored by the tall houses on the opposite shore.

In short, everything is paired. Furthermore, if you observe it more deeply, you can find that the landscape is turning much brighter in contrast to the woman standing under the shade of the tree canopy.

It gives the subject a gloomy feel as if she is different from the others. As opposed to the other couples, she appears to be feeling sad. Although the other couples are seen admiring the scene and river before them, the woman looks withdrawn from the brightness that the landscape offers.

Just like other paintings that come from Macke, this one has no distinctive features as well. Every subject looks like generic silhouettes, faceless mannequins. The colors defuse well and increase the haziness of the landscape.

It appears like the artist used soft pastel or watercolors rather than using oil paint.

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Promenade by August Macke

Promenade (1913)

It is the first painting that August Macke created when he and his family moved to Hilterfingen in Switzerland.

This was the first portrait of Macke where he depicted a park beside a bridge and water. In the center of the painting, you can find a young man dressed elegantly in a suit alongside a summer hat on his head.

He is talking to a woman who is holding an umbrella and wearing a blue jacket over a red dress.

The couple seems to enjoy the company of each other and is distracted from the environment.

Their faces are outlined and devoid of specific features, which is a common trait in Macke's paintings.

Also, you can find another woman leaning over the bridge's railing and wearing a white feather on her hat.

This painting creates an impression of a blissful bright quiet sunny day. 

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Indians on Horseback by August Macke

Indians on Horseback (1911)

It is an oil paint canvas created in 1911 when he was under the influence of cubism and when joined The Blue Rider group.

The landscape in the drawing show three people who were riding horses. You can also see the sharp mountains in the background along with a dark yellow sky. There are huts and the figures depict the Indians as the artist has imagined them to be.

While two men are on horseback, the third one is holding a spear that is adorned with red, white, and blue feathers.

The colors in the painting are running in flat areas but the outlines are sharp. The shiny, dark fantasy landscape, trees leaning to the left, and the surfaces that are formula-shaped have some influence from the famous artist Franz Marc.

But Macke used some Cubist influences in this painting for the first time.

However, the artist's concept of cubism was pictorial and softer compared to his colleagues.

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