Known as "the Painter of Snow," Walter Koeniger was the son of an architect, born in Germany on May 6, 1881. From architecture, Walter turned to painting, while still in Germany. He studied under Eugene Gustav Dücker (1841-1916) and Eduard Karl Franz Gebhardt (1838-1925) at the Düsseldorf Academy. Dücker studied at the Imperial Art Academy of St. Petersburg and was influenced by Russian realism. Gebhardt, also a student in St. Petersburg, developed more into a genre and history painter. Around 1912, Koeniger settled in Woodstock, New York, where he abandoned Dücker's crisp, photographic realism for a more painterly, expressive technique. He concentrated on capturing the fleeting
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