Maria Marc, geb. Franck
1876 Berlin – 1955 Ried/Kochel am See
Short information about the artist
Maria Marc was born in Berlin as the daughter of the accountant and bank director Philipp Franck. Her artistic talent was already promoted at the secondary girls’ school with piano, singing and art lessons. She then trained as a drawing teacher at the Berlin Royal Art School in 1895. In 1899 she took lessons in the women’s studio at the Berlin Art Academy with Karl Storch. Several stays in Holstein Switzerland and Munich followed, where she joined the women’s academy of the Munich Artists’ Association. In 1905 she met Franz Marc and for a long time led a ménage à trois together with the older painter Marie Schnür, who married Marc in 1907. The marriage fell apart and he had a monogamous relationship with Maria from 1908 onwards. In the following years she mainly supported Franz Marc in his career with the artist group “Blaue Reiter”. She herself exhibited at the second exhibition of the Blue Rider. In 1913 Maria and Franz Marc married. When Franz Marc died in the war in 1916, Maria Marc administered his estate and organized exhibitions and books on his work. In 1922 she enrolled to study weaving at the Bauhaus in Weimar. From 1929 to 1938 she lived mainly in Ascona on Lake Maggiore and kept in touch with Marianne Werefkin and the local artist community of Monte Verità. During the war she lived in Ried again and worked together with Johanna Schütz-Wolff on woven carpets, which she exhibited once in 1952 in Munich.