The right third of the painting fell victim to a fire in the warehouse of an art shipping company in 1917. Marc's artist friend Paul Klee restored it in 1919 with the help of a colored preliminary study and photographs. To make his additions visible, he executed them in brownish tempera colors. It was probably Paul Klee who suggested the title "Animal Fates" to Franz Marc. Marc had previously called the picture in a letter to August Macke, "The trees showed their rings, the animals their veins" - after a verse in a poem that he probably wrote himself.


Franz Marc, Animal Fates, 1913

© Kunstmuseum Basel, online collection 04.09.2019

Franz Marc | Animal fates