Macke, August (1887-1914)

August Macke (1887-1914), 'Stickende Frau auf Balkon'. August Macke (1887-1914), 'Stickende Frau auf Balkon'.

August Macke (1887–1914) was a German artist working in the early twentieth century. He was a member of the German Expressionist movement, and in particular that of Der Blaue Reiter ('The Blue Rider') group. He is well-known for gentle, daily-life subjects, such as women shopping for hats, scenes in parks, and so forth. August Macke died in September 1914 in France, shortly after the start of the First World War (1914-1918).

He produced several works depicting women sewing and embroidering. One of his embroidery paintings is now in the Kunstmuseum Bonn (acc. no. KMB 008). The painting is called Stickende Frau auf Balkon ('Woman embroidering on a balcony'). It dates to 1910. Macke depicted a young woman seated at a table. She is holding a piece of predominantly blue embroidery in her hands, with her threads in a bowl or basket on the table in front of her.

The second painting is of his wife Elisabeth (1888-1978), who was the sister of the German painter, Walter Gerhardt. The painting has two titles. It may be known as 'Portrait of the Artist's Wife' or 'The Woman Embroidering in an Armchair.' This painting is now in the Städtisches Museum, Mülheim (Germany). It was made in c. 1909. The painting depicts his wife working on a piece of predominantly blue, with touches of red embroidery.

August Macke, wikipedia.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 22 June 2016).


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