Coloring German Expressionism

October 8, 2021
Index Magazine

Coloring German Expressionism

This composite image shows three horses grazing in the rolling hills of an open pasture. The left half of the image, which shows a horse in the foreground and part of another horse, is a full-color painting. The horses are reddish in color, and the surrounding landscape includes greens, reds, and blues. The image continues on the right side in black and white outline and shows the rest of one horse and another one leaning down to eat grass.
Franz Marc’s Grazing Horses IV is among the works featured in Coloring German Expressionism.

After the successful release of Coloring Ancient Egypt in 2020, the museums are excited to introduce the next in our series of activity books, Coloring German Expressionism.

Drawing from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s expansive holdings, Coloring German Expressionism explores the dynamic nature of color and its application through the eyes of expressionists working in various media. Learn about artists Paula Modersohn-Becker, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, and others, and express yourself by coloring examples of their landscapes, still lifes, and portraiture.

Coloring German Expressionism is easily downloadable and can be printed on 8.5 × 11 pages or used digitally on a tablet or similar device.

Download Coloring German Expressionism

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Explore further resources related to Coloring German Expressionism:

Art Talk: New Frame(works) for German Expressionism

Art + Science: Franz Marc’s Grazing Horses IV

A Look Behind Grazing Horses IV

Demonstrating Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Color Woodcut Technique

German Expressionism at the Harvard Art Museums


Coloring German Expressionism Credits:

Drawings by artist Hannah Herrick, Ph.D. student in archaeology at Simon Fraser University.

Text and concept by Lynette Roth, the Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and head of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums, and Jen Thum, assistant director of academic engagement and assistant research curator in the Division of Academic and Public Programs.

Invaluable contributions were made by Harvard Art Museums staff members Allison Jackson, Christina Taylor, Bridget Hinz, Jessica Ficken, Sarah Kianovsky, İpek Karaoğlu Köksalan, and David Odo, and Ho Family Student Guide Sinead Danagher.

This project was generously supported by the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s Ernst A. Teves Fund and the Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellowship.