Franz Marc. The World Cow. 1913
Franz Marc

The World Cow

1913
Not on view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
27 7/8 x 55 5/8" (70.7 x 141.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont (both by exchange)
Object number
118.1988
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
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.

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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