Yellow Glow, Fritz Winter
Fritz Winter
Yellow Glow
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Fritz Winter

Yellow Glow, 1951

706 x 1049 x 28 mm
701 x 1042 mm
Physical Description
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
Inventory Number
Object Number
17915 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

Here Fritz Winter painted various irregular overlapping and interlocking colour shapes on a sheet of smooth paper mounted on canvas. The brushwork is for the most part fine and glazed, but in some places the artist created a rich, relief-like texture with pure paint. A dynamic meshwork takes shape between the haptically variegated surfaces, between form and colour. Winter, who was strongly influenced by Paul Klee at the Dessau Bauhaus, thus translated the secret workings of nature, of the world, into an abstract composition.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Yellow Glow
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links (mit dem Pinsel in Schwarz): fwinter 51
  • Nicht feststellbar
Work Catalogues
  • Lohberg 1218

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 22C4(YELLOW) colours, pigments, and paints: yellow
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black

Research and Discussion


Object History
Fritz Winter (1905-1976)
an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1963
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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