August Macke “Bright House”

Born on 3rd January 1887, he was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Born in Germany, Meschede, Westphalia. A son of August Friedrich Hermann Macke, a building contractor and amateur artist whose drawings were likely the first to make an impression on the young boy.


Apart from a few periods spent at Lake Thun in Switzerland and trips to Paris, Italy and Netherlands – most of his artistic life he lived in Bonn.

According to his Biography website (which can be found here)his work numbers in around 600 oil paintings, just as many water-colours and nearly 9,000 drawings.

He traveled to Tunisia in 1914, searching for exotic and colourful subject-matter; greatly inspired by his surroundings, he spent every day in the hot sun sketching mountains, palms, camels and whitewashed villages he saw.

A few months later, World War I began. He was conscripted into the army in early August and killed in action a few weeks later, aged 27.



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