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Franz Marc. The World Cow. 1913

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The World Cow

Franz Marc (German, 1880–1916)

Oil on canvas
27 7/8 x 55 5/8" (70.7 x 141.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont (both by exchange)
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Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.

Acquired from the artist by Willem Wolff Beffie (1880-1950), Amsterdam/Brussels/Brooklyn, 1913 [1]; sold to Nierendorf Gallery, New York, 1940 [2]; acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1946 [3]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1988 (Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont [both by exchange]).
[1] Hoberg, Annegret, Franz Marc, and Isabelle Jansen, eds. Franz Marc: The Complete Works. vol. 1. London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004, no. 206. See letter Franz Marc to Gabriele Münter, Sindelsdorf, July 23, 1913. On loan from Beffie to the exhibitions Twentieth Century German Art, New Burlington Galleries, London, July 1938 (no. 166, Die Weltenkuh) and Franz Marc, Buchholz Gallery, New York, November 11 - December 7, 1940 (no. 14, Red Cow).
[2] Ibid. Reproduced in the exhibition catalogue Forbidden Art in The Third Reich: Paintings by German Artists Whose Work was Banned from Museums and Forbidden to Exhibit, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, October 1945, n.p.
[3] Ibid.

Die rote Kuh (The Red Cow)
Die Weltenkuh / The World Cow
Rote Kühe
The Red Cow
Red Bull (Bos Orbis Mundi)
Bos Orbis Mundi
[Die Weltenkuh]

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