Günter Fruhtrunk was born in 1923 in Munich. In 1940 he briefly studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the war in Finland, only returning to Germany in 1945. For the next five years he studied under the painter and printmaker William Straube in Hemmendorf on Lake Constance. Fruhtrunk had his first solo exhibition in 1947 in the Freiburg gallery Der Kunstspiegel, and the following year he became acquainted with Willi Baumeister. In 1951 he travelled to Paris for the first time, and in 1954 he settled there. He worked for a time in Hans Arp’s atelier and came into contact with many artists. He travelled to Canada and the United States in 1967 and also began teaching at Munich’s art academy. In 1968 he participated in both documenta 4 in Kassel and the 34th Venice Biennale. His work is characterised by abstract compositions with arrangements of diagonal or vertical lines that create a dynamic rhythm. Fruhtrunk took his own life in 1982.