Heinrich Knirr was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in what is today the town of Pančevo, Serbia. Knirr studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the Academy of Arts in Munich. It was in Munich were he opened a private art school in 1888 that became noted in Europe. Owing to the period in which he lived, Knirr was a member of the Munich Secession of visual artists who broke away from the Munich Artists' Association and he also a member of the Vienna Secession movement, formed by Austrians who resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists.
This printer was a major supplier of propaganda material for the German government. It was located in Reichenbach, a town in the Vogtland district of Saxony, Germany.