Joseph Raimond Wintz was born in Paris in 1884. He was the son of the painter Guillaume Wintz (1823-1899) and the husband of the painter Renée Carpentier-Wintz (1913-2003). He was a student at the École Français, and studied under Jules Adler and G. Ferrier. As a young man Wintz had a brilliant military career before he became a key figure in the Parisian artistic circles of the early twentieth century.
Wintz was described as a ‘painter of light’ and enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest artists working in France at this time. He gained a firm appreciation by critics and collectors as a leading painter of landscapes, sea and harbour scenes. His inspiration was the picturesque harbours dotted along the Brittany coastline, which he often portrayed through an open cottage door or window.
Wintz exhibited at the Salon of French Artists from 1911 and went on to receive accolades of the highest merit, including: the Silver Medal from the Salon in 1922, the Gold Medal at the Salon and the Corot Prize both in 1924. He was named Honorary Professor at the Academy Julian, and officer of the Academy in 1924, vice-president of French Landscape Artists, Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour and became President of the Jury of the Salon in 1953.
His luminous landscapes and vibrant costal scenes can be seen in many museums in France and abroad, such as the Tattegrain museum, Paris, Petit-Palais, Paris and museums in Reims, Laon, Colmar, Montreal, Montevideo, Glasgow. During his lifetime he also had great success with exhibitions in Paris, Bristol, Nantes, Remis and Roubaix.