Yellow Cow by Franz Marc
The antic joie de vivre of the Yellow Cow is the first and perhaps the only case in Marc's career of a joyous animal. It is totally abandoned to play. Marc avoids the typically human, sentimental view of animals. Rather, the cow has surrendered to its nature, as it were. It gestures in a mime language, like those poses in Hodler which also speak of metaphysical states. This animal emotion perfectly evoked the concept proposed by Kandinsky called "inner necessity", by which is meant the essence of felling determined by whatever physical and cultural circumstances pertain. A unity between the cow and nature is indicated coloristically by the repetition of the animal's yellow cast just to the right of the head, the white of the udder in area below, and he blue spots in the mountains beyond.
Yellow, Marc's symbol of femininity and sensuality, is shown in Yellow Cow with such intensity that the artist requires nearly equal doses of red and blue. Marc wrote: "I am trying to enhance my sensibility for the organic rhythm that I feel is in all things". Therefore, the sharp juxtaposition of the primaries supports a natural vibrancy and results in a kind of random, nearly chaotic, synesthetic quality that characterizes Kandinsky's contemporaneous work and also many of Marc's best paintings