Franz Marc. The World Cow. 1913

Franz Marc

The World Cow


Oil on canvas
27 7/8 x 55 5/8" (70.7 x 141.3 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont (both by exchange)
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Franz Marc has 19 works online.
There are 2,311 paintings online.
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
1913, Franz Marc, Munich, Germany.
July 6, 1913 - at least 1940, Willem Wolff Beffie (1880-1950), Amsterdam/Brussels/Brooklyn, purchased from the artist.
1940 (?) - 1946, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, probably acquired from Willem Wolff Beffie.
1946 - 1988, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, purchased from Nierendorf Gallery.
1988, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired by exchange with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

If you have any questions or information to provide about the listed works, please email or write to:

Provenance Research Project
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

Licensing of MoMA images and videos is handled by Art Resource (North America) and Scala Archives (all other geographic locations). All requests should be addressed directly to those agencies, which supply high-resolution digital image files provided to them directly by the Museum.

Requests for permission to reprint text from MoMA publications should be addressed to

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to