Franz Marc was heavily influenced by Cubism and his shapes in The Little Monkey from 1912 adopt its fractured forms. The monkey is almost perfectly camouflaged in the foliage yet it looks backward as if disturbed. It, however, is oblivious to us and perhaps the prominent violent red is more attributable to us than to the monkey. If so, the picture can be read as much as a portrait of the human threat to nature as a picture of an animal in its habitat.
Franz Marc’s The Little Monkey is in the Staedtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, Germany.