Frank Duveneck began his career under the tutelage of the decorator Wilhelm Lamprecht, and discovered during his own travels a passion for easel painting. Duveneck enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied under Wilhelm von Diez and Alexander Strahuber and produced some of his best known works. He used distinctively vigorous brushwork inspired by Wilhelm Leibl and Old Master techniques; he was also known for using strong contrasts of light and dark, though his color palette would eventually lighten. Duveneck became widely influential, partly through his teaching: he started a painting school in Munich where his students included Theodore Wendel, John White Alexander, and John H. Twachtman. Both Henry James and William Morris Hunt were supporters and champions of his work.