Meet Franz von Bayros, the man behind some of the most imaginative and gorgeous erotic art of the 20th Century
For anyone who's ever been naiive enough to think for a minute that conteporary culture has a monopoly on erotic art, get into Franz von Bayros.
(Public domain illustrations from his scandalous "Tales at the Dressing Table" series illuminate this page.)
Bayros was one of several artists and writers who rose to fame out of the Decadent movement, a late 19th century artistic and literary movement that basically spurned and mocked industrialized society and instead celebrated self-indulgence, drugs (hello, opium and absinthe!), perversion, crude humor, and sensuality.
Superstars of the Decadent movement, many of which were said to have been influenced by 18thcentury writer the Marquis de Sade, included authors Charles Baudelaire, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde and artists Félicien Rops, Aubrey Beardsley, and our FKIN (A)rt Friday man, Franz von Bayros.
The movement influenced literary greats from Jean Genet, Christopher Isherwood, and William Burroughs, to contemporary authors Edmund White, Tony O'Neill and Richard Milward.
Contemporary artists influenced by the Decadent movement include Baz Luhrman, Pedro Almodóvar, the Chapman brothers, and singers from Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Jim Morrison to Billie Ray Martin and Marc Almond whose albums including and since he was in Soft Cell are Decadent masterpieces.
From pornokrate.com: "Bayros Decadents more than a quarter of a century after the death of Aubrey Beardsley in 1898. His art is an unmistakable cocktail of rococo daintiness, Beardsley-esque technique and witty, decadent eroticism. He was obliged to move from one European capital to another as each outrageous new work was banned by the authorities."
From Wikipedia.com: "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, examples of which are on this page. He belonged to the Decadent movement in art, often utilizing erotic themes and phantasmagoric imagery. 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. He died in 1924 of a cerebral hemorrage."
Every week, on EROTIC INTENT, our FKIN (A)rt Friday post will bring you a piece of erotic art history, from ancient Greece and Rome on up to the present day. You can see some good examples of a of erotic art through the ages in our very first post, "Dildos, Strap-ons, and Pegging: An Anal History." We'd love suggestions of artists to feature. And if you create your own erotic art, please message us via our Facebook page.
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