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Fritz Winter K III 101, 1939
Details
Oil on canvas
90 x 70 cm (35.4 x 27.6 in.)
Submitted
Place of Creation
Germany
Provenance
Estate of the artist; Family of the artist; Private collection, Southern Germany, 1976; Galerie Henze & Ketterer
Signature
Monogrammed and dated on the lower left
Additional Information

“Gabriele Lohberg only lists two (!) works for the year 1939 in her catalogue raisonné, for 1940 four works, for 1942 three, and for 1943 one work. These very rare larger paintings are to be ssen as preparatory wors for Winter‘s most important series ”“Triebkräfte der Erde”“ in the format of A4. These „Triebkräfte” (Driving Forces of the Earth) were created during a longer convalescent leave after a serious injury at the front in 1944. This painting is the most important of these few preparatory works.

It is not absolutely clear if the painting was created during a short leave of absence from the front or right bevor the outbreak of World War II. What is for sure, is that this masterpiece is the incunabulum of Winter’s war-paintings that became a legend. In 1939, at the age of 34, Fritz Winter was immediately enlisted, took already part in the Poland-campaign and endured the complete tragedy, including beeing wounded seriously and subsequent russian captivity as prisoner of war. He should only be released and allowed to return to a completely changed world in 1949.

Winter’s Vision of composition to be seen in this painting gave him the armamentarium to survive and overcome also artistically these 10 long years until his 44th birthday.

Also for his small graphite drawings created at the front, the socalled ”“Kriegszeichnungen”“ (War-Drawings), this composition was the antetype, the key-image of an epoché in Fritz Winter’s oeuvre.”