We are grateful to Dr. Annegret Hoberg of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, for confirming the authenticity of this work. This work will be included in the forthcoming Franz Marc catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.
During 1910 and 1911, around the time when this watercolour was produced, Franz Marc became interested in Goethe's colour theory as well as the symbolic content of colours as defined by Philipp Otto Runge. In a letter to August Macke on 12 December 1910, he explains his approach to colour, which obviously is rooted in German Romanticism: "Blue is the male principle, harsh and spiritual. Yellow is the female principle, soft, joyful and sensual. Red is the matter, brutal and heavy and always the one which has to be fought against by the two others!". Quoted in M. Moeller, Franz Marc - Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, Stuttgart 1989, pp. 28-29.