Franz von Bayros
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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|
Franz von Bayros in 1898
28 May 1866|
Zagreb, Austrian Empire (present-day Croatia)
|Died||3 April 1924
|Known for||Painting, illustrating, commercial artistry|
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.