ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Fritz Winter

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1905born in Altenbögge near Unna
1919apprenticeship as an electrician and works as a miner
 At the beginning of the twenties first attempts at drawing and painting are made
1927-30Studies at the Bauhaus in Dessau (with Klee, Kandinsky, Albers and Schlemmer, among others)
1929Exhibition 'Young Bauhaus Painters
around 1930teaching at the pedagogical academy in Halle
1933Move to Munich
1935move to Dießen am Ammersee
1939drafted as a soldier to the Eastern Front, Russian captivity, from which he is released only in 1949
 Founding member of the group 'Zen 49
from 1953guest lecturer at the Landeskunstschule Hamburg
1955-1970Professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Kassel
1955/59Participation in documenta I and II
1956Cornelius Prize of the City of Düsseldorf
1957International Graphic Prize Tokyo; Prize of the International Building Exhibition Berlin
1958Prize of the World Exhibition Brussels
1965large retrospective in various cities in Germany
1969"Great Federal Cross of Merit
1975Fritz Winter House opened in Ahlen
1976died in Herrsching
His experiments with "écriture auto-matique", expressive handwriting and unmistakable painting style brought Fritz Winter closer to informal painting. Werner Hofmann writes about Winter's series of works on paper from 1960: "Fritz Winter surprised us quite unexpectedly with a new and almost cyclical work: - a long series of small, precious, very condensed sheets on paper from the writing pad, painted with a light, often playing, sometimes hesitant brush. In terms of content, they are improvisations and meditations, which transform a visual experience of the light, color and form games of the great nature outside the windows of the country house in Dießen into an abstract counter-image or help an inner movement on the keyboard of color-form sequences to pictorial expression."
Winter's untitled gouaches are infused with an enormous lightness. Various dense forms seem to float weightlessly over the entire picture surface. The light emanating from the background of the picture envelops the structure of forms in an enchanting poetry. 
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