Motif: after Franz Marc
Type: embroidered painting
Technique: mixed embroidery
Year: 2018 - ongoing
Dimension: 20 x 30 cm | 7.87 x 11.8 in
Number of stitches: over 200.000
Thread length: over 2,2 km | over 1.4 mi
Thread colors: 42
Development: over 150 person hours
Vibrant colours of the horse and the landscape are not chosen just for their striking effects. Franz Marc has used colour symbolism in his compositions; blue usually represents things male, severe, and spiritual, while yellow represents feminine joy, and red encases violence and danger. The horse is also youthful, its skin smooth and unblemished, and it radiates muscular potency and energy. The creature is a being of a higher order with ethereal, otherworldly powers. An innocent natural force that opposes to be corrupted by man. The painting therefore celebrates the idea of spirituality battling materialism.
In cooperation with ZSK we recreated this motif as embroidered painting, emphasizing the vibrancy of colours that Franz Marc himself has been focusing on, while adding the third dimension to the image: embroidery threads give the art a life of its own, reflecting light in different directions and adding depth.