<p>This abstract oil paining, which measures more than four feet tall and three feet wide, depicts a colorful mountain landscape using layer upon layer of largely rectangular shapes. Starting in our lower left hand corner, a zigzagging, tan colored trail resembling overlapping strips of masking tape leads us through the lush green mountain pass. The trail passes patches of blue, yellow and orange, and a rose-and-violet mountain range in our upper right hand corner. A patch of bright blue sky can be found in the upper left, and at the apex of the trail, at the top of the canvas, a brilliant blood-orange sun rises behind the hill.</p>
Franz Marc
Steiniger Weg (Stony Path), formerly Gebirge/Landschaft (Mountains/Landscape), 1911/1912

Marc painted Landschaft in 1911 and then repainted it in 1912 after visiting Robert Delaunay in Paris. The new version, retitled Gebirge, is a fusion of influences from Orphism, Cubism, and Futurism.

Delaunay’s orphist concern with abstraction and brilliant hues is reflected in the contrasting color planes, which combine to create a surface of multicolored light. Cubism is suggested by the fractured, prismatic forms that define the landscape. The thrusting prisms also generate a dynamic, kaleidoscopic effect reminiscent of Italian Futurism.

Like many artists of the period, Marc desired to attain a state of spirituality; the angular elements that point to the orange sun at the summit evoke a sense of striving toward a higher realm.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Steiniger Weg (Stony Path), formerly Gebirge/Landschaft (Mountains/Landscape)
Artist name
Franz Marc
Date created
oil on canvas
51 1/2 in. x 39 3/4 in. (130.81 cm x 100.97 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the Women's Board and Friends of the Museum
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

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