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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Fritz Winter, German (Altenbögge near Unna 1905 - 1976 Herrsching am Ammersee)
Figuration in Front of Blue
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Figuration vor Blau
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
136.5 x 146.5 cm (53 3/4 x 57 11/16 in.)
framed: 140.8 x 151.1 x 4.4 cm (55 7/16 x 59 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: on recto at l.l.: F Winter 53
  • inscription: verso, l.l., upside down, black crayon, German, signed, in artist's hand: Figuration vor Blau / F Winter 53
The artist, sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1955, transfer; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1965
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Lohberg 1408
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Charles L. Kuhn, German Expressionism and Abstract Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1957), no p., cat. no. 100. b/w ill.

Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 18, repr.

Gabriele Lohberg, Fritz Winter, Leben und Werk: mit Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde und einem Anhang der sonstigen Techniken, Bruckmann Verlag (Munich, Germany, 1986), cat. no. 1408, b/w ill.

Shuichi Kato, Geheimnis Japan, Orbis Verlag (Munich, Germany, 2001), p. 25, color repr.

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 70

Lynette Roth, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 362-364, cat. no. 51.1, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Contemporary Art: Loans and Recent Acquisitions, Fogg Art Museum, 04/12/1955 - 05/23/1955

PICTURE OF THE MONTH, University of Florida, 05/01/1960 - 06/01/1960

19th- and 20th-Century Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1980 - 08/31/1980

German Painting 1760-1960: A New Installation, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 12/20/1983 - 02/19/1984

32Q: 1200 Mid-Century Abstraction I (Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/30/2015 - 04/06/2016

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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