Fritz Winter

1905 - 1976

Fritz Winter was a German painter of the postwar period best known for his abstract works in the Art Informel style.

Like his father, Winter began electrical work in the coal mines at a young age. In 1925, however, his travels in Belgium and the Netherlands kindled his interest in drawing and painting, particularly the work of Vincent van Gogh. Within two years this affinity led to his admission to the Bauhaus, the state-sponsored Weimar school of art and applied design founded in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius. Winter studied in Dessau under Bauhaus masters Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Oskar Schlemmer, among others, for three years, and participated in Junge Bauhausmaler (Young Bauhaus painters) in 1929. He formed a close friendship and artistic kinship with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, frequently visiting Kirchner in Davos, Switzerland, and also befriended sculptor Naum Gabo in Berlin. During this period Winter worked primarily on paper due to the expense of canvas.