Walter Einbeck was a German oil painter who was renowned for his figure paintings, which were often of mythological and theosophical subjects such as Allegorie der Schonheit and Traumreise. However, he is particularly known for his 1938 painting of Adolf Hitler wearing the clothes of a civilian – a double-breasted suit with shirt and tie.
Einbeck studied painting at several institutions, such as the Kunstgewerbeschule (Arts and Crafts) School in Magdeburg; the Munich Art Academy from 1908 – 1910 and the Weimar Art School under Max Thedy and Ludwig von Hoffmann.
His style is closely associated to the German Sezessionen movement, who were a group of artists that rebelled against the Salon system in the late nineteenth century and explored the ideas of various modern movements, such as the Impressionists.
In 1919 he resettled in Munich where he became a student of Franz von Stuck, and as his career progressed, he set up his own studio in 1921.