Vienna Feature: Franz Von Bayros

September 04, 2014

Franz von Bayros, born in 1866, was a commercial artist, illustrator and painter from Austria. He was best known for his controversial Tales at the Dressing Table portfolio, a virtuosic yet wildly provocative collection of erotic images that still strike us as bizarre and even unnatural despite having been created a century ago. He is one of the first artists who could be described as using fetish themes in his art, essentially becoming the first “fetish artist.” Take a closer look at any of these beautifully-rendered drawings and you’ll see that Von Bayros’ ideas are a little off the beaten path—bondage, zoophilia, the usual.

Curated by Lauren YS