Park restaurant | August Macke | 1912

Park restaurant | August Macke | 1912

Park restaurant | August Macke | 1912

August Macke was born in Germany and lived most of his life in Bonn, where he met artists like Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and others; and, with them, founded the school that will be named as Der Blaue Reiter. These artists had the mission of expressing spiritual truths through painting.  

Macke’ style, particularly, evolved from the impressionist, passing through the fauvist and getting to the expressionist, key style in the first years of the 20th century in Germany. But if we talk about evolution, this not necessarily means that the artist had changed his style, but that he also had incorporated previous styles in his new paintings. And this is exactly what we see in Park restaurant: a collage of different styles.

On one hand, the subject is purely impressionist á la Renoir: a scene where the individuals enjoy quietly an outdoor restaurant. In the foreground, we see a man reading the newspaper while the group behind him sits to eat on a table and, the couple of men talking at the right seem that are doing business together. On the background, we can find a group of women willing to have some tea.  But we also see the fauvist influence in the intense colors and the simplified human figures. At last, the strong expressionist brushstrokes tie everything in a composition that, although a little confuse, makes sense.

Both  Franz Marc and August Macke were enrolled in the army and, with the burst of the first world war, they died in combat in 1914; putting an end to the group Der Blaue Reiter. Macke was 27.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on February 10, 2011.

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