About the artist
August Macke (3 January 1887 – 26 September 1914) was a German Expressionist painter. He was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter. His works are characterised by a spontaneous use of colour and a conscious rejection of the naturalistic representation of objects. Macke's personal life was marked by tragedy; his wife Elisabeth died in 1912 and his only son died in 1913. He was killed in World War I at the age of 27.
Also associated with: Der Blaue Reiter, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, World War I, Expressionism, Post-Impressionism.