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Bathing Girls, 1910

Franz Marc

German, 1880-1916
Oil on canvas
43 x 56 in. (109.2 x 142.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1968.11.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Marc, the son of a painter, at first could not decide between a career in theology, philosophy, or art. In 1910, Marc painted "Bathing Girls," inspired in part by an exhibition of Cézanne's "Bathers," which encouraged Marc to create his own image of a primitive paradise, with his own visual language. In Marc's lyrical version, the same undulating lines and fluid forms that animate the bodies also animate the landscape. It is a deliberate effort to point to the universal force that moves through all the world, the vital force that Marc called "the organic rhythm that beats in all things."

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