August Macke (1913) F: 3 Jan 1887 in Meschede, Westphalia D: 26 Sep 1914 in World War I in Champagne, France
Elisabeth Macke 1919
August Macke and Elisabeth Gerhard in Bonn 1908
August & Elisabeth Macke with their Son Walther 1911
August & Elisabeth Macke with Two Children
August Macke - A Zoological Garden (Big Zoo Triptych) 1913
August Macke - Abend 1912
August Macke - Abstract Pattern I, 1912
August Macke - Afternoon in the Garden 1913
August Macke - At the Garden Table 1914
August Macke - Bathing Girls with Town in the Backgraund 1913
August Macke - Blue Girl Reading 1912
August Macke - Bouquet with Gladiola on Pink Background 1914
August Macke - Bright Women in front of the Hat Shop (Helle Frauen vor dem Hutladen) 1913
August Macke - Carnations in Green Vase 1907
August Macke - Carpet of Flowers 1913
August Macke - Cathedral of Freiburg in the Switzerland 1914
August Macke - Children with Goat in the Forest (Kinder mit Ziege im Wald) 1913
August Macke - Circus 1911
August Macke - Circus 1913
August Macke - Circus World I, Clown and Monkey 1911
August Macke - Clown in Green Costume ca 1912
August Macke - Clown, Self Portrait 1913
August Macke - Colored Composition Hommage to Johann Sebastian Bach 1912
August Macke - Colored Forms I, 1913
August Macke - Colored Forms II, 1913
August Macke - Colourfull Shapes 1913
August Macke - Couple in the Forest 1912
August Macke - Dealer with Pitchers 1914
August Macke - Eastern Woman 1912
August Macke - Elisabeth Gerhard Sewing 1909
August Macke - Elisabeth von Schreibtisch at her Desk 1909
August Macke - Farbige Formen III, 1913
August Macke - Farbige Formenkomposition 1914
August Macke - Farbige Karos/Squares 1913
August Macke - Farewell, Departure 1914
August Macke - Fashion Store 1914
August Macke - Forest Stream, Waldbach 1910
August Macke - Franz Marc and Maria in the Studio 1912
August Macke - Garden at the Thuner Lake 1913
August Macke - Gartenbild 1911
August Macke - Girls in the Forest 1914
August Macke - Hutladen III, 1914
August Macke - In Front Of The Hat Shop (Woman With Red Jacket And Child) 1913
August Macke - In the Bazaar 1914
August Macke - In the Temple Hall ca 1914
August Macke - Indianer (Native Americans) auf Pferden 1911
he saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements as well as the arrival of the successive avant-garde movements which were forming in the rest of Europe. Like a true artist of his time, Macke knew how to integrate into his painting the elements of the avant-garde which most interested him.
Macke studerade vid akademin i Düsseldorf 1904-1906 och för Lovis Corinth i Berlin 1907-1908. Han besökte Paris och beundrade Seurat och Matisse för deras fria färgbehandling. Han var en av grundarna av Der Blaue Reiter-gruppen i München 1911 tillsammans med Kandinskij och Marc.
Besöket hos Robert Delaunay i Paris (1912) tillsammans med Marc samt en resa till Tunisien (1914) tillsammans med Paul Klee var de avgörande faktorerna bakom uppkomsten av hans starkt personliga, koloristiska stil. Landskap med kor och kamel (1914) är ett karakteristiskt verk med sina lysande, kristalliska färgytor.
August Macke stupade i första världskrigets inledningsskede, blott 27 år gammal.
August Robert Ludwig Macke was born in Germany on 3 January 1887, in Meschede,Westphalia. He was the only son of August Friedrich Hermann Macke (1845–1904), a building contractor and amateur artist, and his wife, Maria Florentine, née Adolph, (1848–1922), who came from a farming family in Westphalia's Sauerland region. Shortly after August's birth the family settled at Cologne, where Macke was educated at the Kreuzgymnasium (1897-1900) and became a friend of Hans Thuar, who would also become an artist. In 1900, when he was thirteen, the family moved to Bonn, where Macke studied at the Realgymnasium and became a friend of Walter Gerhardt and Gerhardt's sister, Elisabeth, whom he would marry a few years later. The first artistic works to make an impression on the boy were his father's drawings, the Japanese prints collected by his friend Thuar's father and the works of Arnold Böcklin which he saw on a visit to Basel in 1900. In 1904 Macke's father died, and in that year Macke enrolled at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, under Adolf Maennchen (1904-1906). During this period he also took evening classes under Fritz Helmut Ehmke (1905), did some work as a stage and costume designer at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, and visited northern Italy (1905) and Netherlands, Belgium and Britain (1906).
Thereafter Macke lived most of his creative life in Bonn, with the exception of a few periods spent at Lake Thun in Switzerland and various trips to Paris, Italy, the Netherlands and Tunisia. In Paris, where he traveled for the first time in 1907, Macke saw the work of the Impressionists, and shortly after he went to Berlin and spent a few months in Lovis Corinth's studio. His style was formed within the mode of French Impressionism and Post-impressionism and later went through a Fauve period. In 1909 he married Elisabeth Gerhardt. In 1910, through his friendship with Franz Marc, Macke met Kandinsky and for a while shared the non-objective aesthetic and the mystical and symbolic interests of Der Blaue Reiter.
Macke's meeting with Robert Delaunay in Paris in 1912 was to be a sort of revelation for him. Delaunay's chromatic Cubism, which Apollinaire had called Orphism, influenced Macke's art from that point onwards. His Shops Windows can be considered a personal interpretation of Delaunay'sWindows, combined with the simultaneity of images found in Italian Futurism. The exotic atmosphere of Tunisia, where Macke traveled in April 1914 with Paul Klee and Louis Moilliet was fundamental for the creation of the luminist approach of his final period, during which he produced a series of works now considered masterpieces. August Macke's oeuvre can be considered as Expressionism (in its original German flourishing between 1905 and 1925), and also as part of Fauvism. The paintings concentrate primarily on expressing feelings and moods rather than reproducing objective reality, usually distorting colour and form.
Macke's career was cut short by his early death in the second month of the First World War at the front in Champagne, France, on 26 September 1914. His final painting, Farewell, depicts the mood of gloom that settled after the outbreak of war. This was also the same year that he painted the famous painting, Türkisches Café in München (1914).