Happy Birthday August Macke!! German born painter, from 1887, August Macke was greatly influenced by the French painters. He worked with bright colors in a Cubist related style. He was a member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) a group of German Expressionists. His work was more realistic than his influences. Sadly his life was cut short when he was killed in World War I in 1914. His last painting, appropriately titled Farewell, is pictured below.
The Blue Rider-a group of German Expressionist artists considered forerunners to Modern Art. Wassily Kandinsky was an important founder.