Walter was born 25 June 1890, in Prague present day Czech Republic to German speaking Jewish parents.
In 1910, he was invited to Berlin by a magazine publisher where his illustrations for such magazines as Lustige Blätter, Uhu and Die Dame made him famous. He was also a book illustrator of renown, responsible for Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives and Műnchausen The rise of the Nazis forced him to flee to England in 1936 where he illustrated the inaugural cover of Lilliput magazine and every subsequent cover till 1949. During the war he drew anti-Nazi propaganda cartoons for the British Ministry of Information and the weekly London based newspaper Die Zeitung.
In the 1947 looking for tranquility after the turbulent years of World War 2 in Europe Walter and his partner Helene followed his daughter and her husband to Canada and settled in the Georgian Bay country of Ontario and in 1949 built a quaint looking chalet on the southern slope of Blue Mountain. In Canada he created fine illustrations for books like The Animals’ Conference and Puss in Boots. He continued to illustrate the books of Kästner .
On 8 July 1951 he died unexpectedly at age 61 years.
In 1976, Walter’s family donated more than a thousand of Walter’s paintings, drawings and toys to the Art Gallery of Ontario plus finding for a gallery where the work of other illustrators could be seen.
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Content biography & criticism & Cover book front :
The many Worlds of Walter Trier. Commentator, Warren Clements. Nestlings Press, 2019.
The Many Worlds of Walter Trier. Nestlings Press, 2019: “Fwd.” Writ., Matthew & Michael Fodor. 7-8.
The Many Worlds of Walter Trier. Nestlings Press, 2019: “Intro.” Writ., Warren Clements. 11-14.
Baron Munchaussen from Műnchausen, The Many Worlds of Walter Trier. 2019: Front cover.
From The Animal Conference. The Many Worlds of Walter Trier. 2019: Back cover