August Macke was born in Meschtede, in the Ruhr Valley, but he spent his childhood
in Cologne and in Bonn before moving to D?sseldorf to study art. He began to
make frequent visits to Paris in 1907, and it was here that he came into contact
with the Cubists. Between 1909 and 1910, Macke met Kandinsky and Franz Marc
in Munich and worked with them to prepare the "Blaue Reiter" almanac for their
first exhibition. Macke, like Marc, was enthusiastic about the work of the French
Cubist Robert Delaunay.
Macke's artistic interests were directed towards gentle figurations of women
and children. He painted his subjects in domestic, interior and exterior poses,
usually, by applying his bright, warm color in large, strongly outlined areas,
and sometimes using varicolored squares for bright light in his backgrounds,
in the manner of Delaunay.