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August Mack (1887-1914), German Artist, prominent member of Der Blaue Reiter, commonly associated with Expressionism, though he really combined many styles of the time including Fauvism, Neo-Impressionism, Cubism, and of course, Expressionism. Quite an independent, talented artist, who tragically died in the Great European War, in 1914.

This painting, Still Life With Palm, painted in 1910, in many ways embodies all of his influences and passions. It is a joyful painting, exploding with color, passion, form, and style. I post this both in memory of August Macke, and as a positive message for the coming week, to our somewhat beleaguered world.