The media being used is oil paint, as it
allows the artist to express but also inflict feelings and emotions.
Various different colors are being used
for this artwork. On the left-hand side representing the morally good, you have
a more colorful set of colors, the edges and corner mainly consist of green,
yellow and some blue, while these colors merge into the prominent red figure
that is partly shaded by a white film. Red is a perfect choice, as it is a
really warm color and expresses love and passion. It also forms a strong
contrast to the rather cold colors being used on the right-hand side, which describe
the evil force. This time a mix of dark purple a blue tone is being used on the
edges and corners. Theses rather obscure colors fuse and become one with the
black circular figure.
Even though the distribution of two sets
of colors, representing good and evil, are fairly balanced; it almost looks
like the darker force is losing the battle. The darker side consists of various
circle looking lines, arguably looking like wind. Wind that gets pushed back by
the striking force of the more colorful red form which is supported by many other
light colors on the left-hand corner such as green or yellow.
Franz Marcs style reflected the ideology
of expressionism, a movement that focused on the meaning of subjective
responses and emotions inflicted by various events that surrounded or
contributed to the artists life. His style heavily relies on the minimization
of identifiable figures, just using forms and lines, and rather focuses on the
use and meanings of color, to express his feelings and point of view.
The abstract image shows a great
struggle of supremacy, good versus evil, both forces not willing to give up.
Influenced by the war-propaganda led by the Germans right before the start of
the Great War, the two opposing forms are likely to represent Germany and the
rest of Europe, whereby Germany`s enemies represent the morally bad opposition.
It seems like the bright red form is the aggressor, surrounded by various other
rather light and colorful colors, trying to overwhelm the much darker black
force. You could almost identify the prominent red figure as an abstract form
of an Eagle, with its stretched-out wings and its bulging beak ahead fighting
the evil. Because the eagle is Germany`s crest sign it would underline the
premise that Germany and its enemies are represented in this art work.