Duveneck was born in Kentucky and studied art in Munich, Germany. During the summer he often sketched and painted with J. Frank Currier in the villages of Dachau and Polling outside of Munich.
In 1878 Duveneck began to teach art classes in Munich and Polling, where he trained American artists who became known as “Duveneck Boys.”
Duveneck’s vigorous brushwork and manipulation of dark tonalities in this painting suggest his Munich School training. His introduction of notes of bright greens and blues, unusual for the Munich style, has been attributed to his travel and work in Italy from 1879 to early 1881.