Born 1859 in Vienna, Austria
Died 1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The son of a tailor, Peter began studying art when he was seventeen and soon won a three-year scholarship to study at the Imperial Art School in his native Vienna. He also studied in Germany at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Munich and Karlsruhe Art Academy.
Peter came to the United States in 1886. He was commissioned by Lohr & Heine to work for the American Panorama Company on the "Battle of Atlanta," "Jerusalem on the Day of the Crucifixion," and "Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem." After his association with the American Panorama Company, he worked as a scenery painter for the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. In 1898, after the Spanish-American War, Peter went to San Francisco to work on "The Battle of Manilla Bay" with Milwaukee artists Franz Biberstein, F. W. Heine, August Lohr and Franz Rohrbeck. In 1903, Peter and Heine went to Jerusalem to work on a series of murals that were exhibited the following year at the Louisana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. He had previously exhibited large paintings at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. The only panorama made in Milwaukee that is known to exist in the United States today is the “Battle of Atlanta” which is on view in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1901 Peter was one of the founding members of t