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Franz von Bayros (28 May 1866 – 3 April 1924) was an Austrian commercial artist, illustrator, and painter, best known for his controversial Tales at the Dressing Table portfolio.[1] He belonged to the Decadent movement in art, often utilizing erotic themes and phantasmagoric imagery.[2]

Franz von Bayros
A black-and-white photograph of the artist in 1898
Franz von Bayros in 1898
Born(1866-05-28)28 May 1866
Died3 April 1924(1924-04-03) (aged 57)
EducationVienna Academy
Known forPainting, illustrating, commercial artistry
MovementDecadent movement


Early yearsEdit

Bayros was born in Zagreb, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is, today, Croatia. At the age of seventeen, he passed the entrance examination for the Vienna Academy with Eduard von Engerth. Bayros mixed in high society and was part of the circle of friends of Johann Strauss II, whose stepdaughter Alice he married in 1896. The next year, Bayros moved to Munich.[3]


In 1904, he gave his first exhibition in Munich, which was well received. From 1904 until 1908, he traveled to Paris and Italy to further his studies. In 1911, he created his most famous and controversial work, Tales from the Dressing Table for which he was later arrested and exiled from Germany.[4] Returning to Vienna, he felt like an outsider and the outbreak of the First World War increased his sense of alienation. His work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.[2] He drew over 2000 illustrations in total.[5]


An example of the erotic art of Franz von Bayros

The artist died at Vienna in 1924, from a cerebral hemorrhage.

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  1. ^ "Franz von Bayros at CFM Gallery". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Franz von Bayros | artnet". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Art: Franz von Bayros". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Tales from the Dressing Table by Franz Von Bayros". Curiator. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Franz Von Bayros". Retrieved 11 February 2019.