Born Prague, Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Died Craigleith, Canada
Walter Trier was born into a Jewish family in Prague in 1980. He trained briefly at the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, before attending the Munich Academy in 1908, where he was taught by Franz von Stuck. His work was first published in 1909 in the celebrated magazines ‘Simplicissimus’ and ‘Youth’, where they appeared alongside work by well-known artists including Käthe Kollwitz and George Grosz. This launched Trier’s career and in 1910, he was offered work as a cartoonist for the ‘Lustige Blätter’ (‘Funny Pages’). Over the next ten years he became one of the most sought after cartoonists in Berlin. In 1929, Trier began a long standing working relationship with children's author Erich Kästner of ‘Emil and the Detectives’ fame.
Trier married in 1913 and had a daughter the following year. Following the rise of Nazism, he fled Germany with his family at the close of January 1933, settling in England in 1936. Over the next twelve years, Trier designed 150 title pages for the monthly magazine ‘Lilliput’, as well as designing political leaflets dropped over German-occupied territory during the war. In 1947 Trier and his wife became British citizens, but followed their daughter to Ontario, Canada a few months later. Trier died in his studio in Collingwood, Ontario in 1951.
Object type drawing
Medium pen and ink on paper
Unframed 17.5 x 31 cm
Framed 33 x 43 cm
Signed (lower right) 'Trier'
Acquisition presented by the Kurt Maschler Collection 1993
Accession number 1993-6
Display status not on display