Jimmy Wintersberger, Eldest Son of Lambert Maria Wintersberger in Conversation with Konstanze Wolter
- What was it like growing up as the son of an artist?
It was very exciting and impressive to grow up in the environment of an artist and to experience the inspiring and free-spirited art world. In addition, I also had, though rarely, an insight into the creative phases of my father, which changed again and again by the various influences and main topics. Since my parents separated very early, I was 3 years old, the contact with my father was often very sporadic. There were also years in which there was silence, because the personal relationship was very difficult, especially in connection with his last wife, who died some time before him. Due to the many years of work of my mother as a gallery owner, the topic of art has never completely disappeared from my field of vision. In the relationship with my father, I have used the last few years to re-establish a steady connection and to support him in his very lonely last years. I have succeeded and I am very grateful for this time.
What are your experiences of your father as an artist?
I have always seen him as a very passionate painter and an artist driven by his work, bringing his thoughts and impressions to the screen in an impressive and unique way. He has also processed his psychological problems in this way, and in this regard he was incredibly strong and created difficult works. My father used to live very reclusive and shunned the public, which was not conducive to his fame. I was always fascinated by the fact that this was just the quality of his works in the foreground, which has convinced many people and professionals to work with him, and to accompany and support him in his very successful artist career.
What access do you have to his art? Did that change with his death?
I fully support the works and life time achievements of my father. His style and the radiance of his works still captivate me. After his death, however, a new era has begun for me, now I sit among others also with strategic and financial aspects. So the view of his art has widened, and I see many things in a different context. The deep attachment to his art will always remain.
Your father died in 2013. Since then it is up to you and your brothers to preserve the artistic heritage of your father. What is the biggest challenge?
With his death, my perspective as well as my position on his artistic work changed a lot. I am no longer just a son and an observer, but in a way a representative and bear with my brothers the great responsibility to preserve and continue the artistic heritage of our father. We have not been prepared for this task and now have to look at it as a lifelong process and accept what is one of the biggest challenges for me. This overall project certainly brings many beautiful and exciting aspects with it, but can also mean compromises and sometimes hard cuts in terms of the realization of one’s own life.
- Currently many art works and estates are inherited from collectors and artists. What is your most important advice for heirs?
My appeal to the artists is above all to prepare their art clearance as well as possible, in order to spare their offspring, who should be included, a lot of burden. In addition, the artists have the opportunity to direct things according to their own ideas and wishes and to initiate things. After all, it is their life’s work and therefore also in their responsibility. Within this dispute, it should also become clear what proportions such a project can assume. The only thing that I can advise the heirs is to get a grip of the topic in advance, in order to decide if they can and want to master such a task and if the framework conditions, especially the financial ones, are right. Once you have decided to, you should seek competent partners, because they are urgently needed to carry out such a task, at least when dealing with art relief of a higher order of magnitude.
Thank you for your time.