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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. He belonged to the Decadent movement in art, often utilizing erotic themes and phantasmagoric imagery.

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

Bayros was born in Zagreb, in present-day Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the age of seventeen, he passed the entrance examination for the Vienna Academy with Eduard von Engerth. Bayros mixed in elegant society and soon belonged to the circle of friends of Johann Strauss II, whose stepdaughter Alice he married in 1896. The next year, Bayros moved to Munich. In 1904, he gave his first exhibition in Munich, which was a great success. From 1904 until 1908, he travelled to Paris and Italy for further studies. Returning to Vienna, he felt himself a stranger. The outbreak of the First World War came as yet another setback for Bayros.

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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