Abstract Composition

Fritz Winter

German, 1905 - 1978

Abstract Composition, 1960

  • Not On View

Oil on paper

Dimensions: 6 1/4 × 8 3/4 in. (15.9 × 22.2 cm)

Bequest of Mary Mallery Davis, 1989.74

Fritz Winter was born as the first of eight children in a small German town in 1905. In 1919, he began an apprenticeship as an electrician while working as a miner. He made his first attempts in drawing and painting in the early 1920s, but did not take his art seriously until 1927 when he successfully applied to the Bauhaus (a school in Germany that combined crafts with fine arts). He studied there for three years under the most progressive artists of that time, including Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Winter was drafted for World War II in 1939, captured by the Russians before 1945, and finally released in 1949. Upon his return to Germany, Winter co-founded the group “Zen 49,” joining the European avant-garde movement. Elaborating on his Bauhaus works of the 1930s, he developed his own pictorial language and solidified his position as one of the most famous German post-war artists.

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