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Fritz Winter

Fritz Winter (1905−1976) is considered an outstanding proponent of post-war German abstract art. Winter painted exclusively abstract works after studying at the Bauhaus under Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer from around 1930 onwards. He spent the period of the Nazi regime in ‘inner emigration’ in Dießen am Ammersee and was banned from painting in 1937. After the war years on the Eastern Front and as a prisoner in Russia, Winter finally returned to Munich in 1949. He founded the ‘Gruppe der Gegenstandslosen’ (Group of Abstractionists) ZEN 49 together with Willi Baumeister, Rupprecht Geiger, Theodor Werner and others. From the 1950s onwards he was awarded a number of major art prizes and enjoyed considerable international success. 

Winter’s multifaceted œuvre as regards his painting techniques and formal language follows a tradition rooted in the art of the Blauer Reiter and the Bauhaus to an equal degree. From the 1950s and ’60s onwards, Fritz Winter also took a close interest in the contemporary trend towards Informel and Color Field painting. The abstract formal language of his classically balanced pictorial compositions always aims at alluding to a superordinated reference to nature that makes the hidden yet elementary forces and structures of the whole of creation visible.

Gallery of selected works