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With Light Green (Mit hellem Grün)

Fritz Winter enrolled at the famed Bauhaus school in the 1920s, where he studied with leading modernist artists Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee. Branded “degenerate” by the Nazis and forbidden to paint or exhibit, Winter retreated in 1935 to rural Bavaria, where he nevertheless continued to paint in an abstract manner. Winter was called up for military service during World War II and was held as a Soviet prisoner of war until 1949. Upon his return to Germany, he became a co-founder of the abstract artists’ group Zen 49. His work of the 1950s reveals the influence not just of his Bauhaus instructors, but also of postwar French abstraction.

Fritz Winter
German, 1905‒1976
With Light Green (Mit hellem Grün)
1953
Oil on burlap
18 x 25 1/8 in. (45.7 x 63.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Collection of Diether Thimme, 98.461

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