Fritz Winter was a German painter best known for his abstract works created in the Art Informel style. The movement valued organic shapes and a purposefully unsophisticated approach to mark-making, which was in direct opposition to the clean, geometric abstraction prevalent at the time. Winter’s work had a calligraphic touch, creating shapes that float atop the stained ground of the canvas.
Born on September 22, 1905 in Altenbögge, Germany, he went on to study at the Bauhaus school in Dessau with Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. He was also a good friend of the German Expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, whom he often visited in the mountains of Davos, Switzerland.
Winter’s work can be found in the collections of several German museums along with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He died on October 1, 1976 in Herrsching am Ammersee, West Germany.