The artistic journey of August Macke ideally unfolds from the tradition of the Italian Renaissance to the most recent developments in art: French...
August Macke was one of the greatest exponents of German expressionism, in particular of the Der Blaue Reiter group (The Blue Knight). He lived in a period of artistic ferment, and was very innovative, letting the European artistic avant-gardes influence his works. The German painter was born in Germany in 1887 and lived in Cologne for the first 13 years of his life, began his studies which ended in Bonn where his family moved in 1900, and met his future wife, having become a great friend of his brother. His father's drawings, some Japanese prints and the works of Arnold Brocklin influenced his early work. He studied, worked as a stage designer and costume designer and travelled extensively in northern Italy in 1905, and in the Netherlands, Belgium and England in 1906. In 1907 he stayed in Paris and came into contact with the Impressionists, then returned to Germany and in 1909 married Elizabeth Gerhardt.
His style knew the characteristics of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists as well as the Fauves. In 1010 his friend Franz Marc introduced him to Kandinsky; they shared the artistic values of the expressionist movement Der Blaue Reiter. In 1912 he met Robert Delunay in Paris, whose art had a great influence on the German painter's work. In 1914 he travelled to Tunisia with his friend the painter Paul Klee and was dazzled by African light that influenced each of his later works of August Mache, works considered famous masterpieces.
August Macke's paintings express emotion first of all, his style represents feelings and moods rather than an objective reality, usually the colors and shapes are distorted. He died at the front, during the First World War in 1914.