artwork: franz marc
The Little Blue Horses
by Pat Tompkins
Bold swoops of color, the canvas filled
by three muscular blue animals,
round haunches foreshortened
black manes trace their curved necks.
Grazing a bright yellow and green field,
heads tucked, shy, they do not gaze at the viewer.
Pure potential energy of the new century
before the war. The artist died at
A quarter century later:
an exhibit of “degenerate art” hosted by Hitler.
“Die Kleinen blauen Pferde” shown
with works by other artists. Verboten.
Picture Nazis angry about a painting
of blue horses by Franz Marc.
Goebbels and his ilk upset by horses
the wrong color. Imagine the danger.
~ originally published in Everyday Weirdness