I bought this painting from a local exhibition for my husband’s birthday at around the time I had finished writing Blue Rider. The style echoes that of some of the painters working in Paris during World War I. I couldn’t believe my luck. Blue Rider is the name of a short-lived art movement from 1913. It was halted due to the war. One founding member Franz Marc was killed in the battle of Verden. His co-founder Paul Klee was so hurt by his friend’s death he joined the war as an older recruit. He spent the rest of the war painting planes!