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The Little Mountain Goats

Franz Marc, German, 1880–1916
Oil on canvas
Place made
Germany, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 214
23 7/8 x 16 in. (60.6 x 40.6 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Morton D. May
Public Domain
Object Number
Within a composition of intersecting diagonals, the forms of two green goats are visible at center and bottom right. Franz Marc focused throughout his career on painting animals within nature: he affirmed, “I found man ugly, and animals seemed to me lovelier and purer.” Marc was influenced by Cubism but added his own rich, spectral colors of blues, yellows, reds, and pinks. A leading figure within Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Marc died at the Battle of Verdun in World War I.
at Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York ["Contemporary European Painters and Sculptors Exhibition." New York: Buchholz Gallery, May 9 - 27, 1939, cat. 14]. It was later offered for sale at Buchholz Gallery in 1940 [Exhibition catalogue "Franz Marc." New York: Buchholz Gallery, Nov. 11 - Dec. 7. 1940].

[3] Otto Gerson purchased the painting from Ketterer in July 1957, and sold it to Morton D. May in October 1957 [Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., reel 4052; invoice, May Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum].

[4] Last Will and Testament of M. D. May dated June 11, 1982 [copy, May Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum]. Minutes of the Acquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 20, 1983.
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