Femina Hominis Voluptati Crucifigata, Ex Bibliotheca Erotica Dr. J. Klueber, by Franz von Bayros
paper size 5.5 x 6.25″, print size 3.5 x 3.5″
Topless handcuffed woman consoling naked girl nailed to cross. “Femina Hominis Voluptati Crucifigata” is possibly latin for “the woman is man’s pleasure crucified”? The detail in this print is magnifying-glass-worthy as there are copulating couples at the top of the columns.
Franz von Bayros (1866 – 1924) was an Austrian commercial artist, illustrator, and painter, now he is best known for his erotic work. He belonged to the Decadent movement in art, often utilizing erotic themes and phantasmagoric imagery. At the age 17, Bayros passed the entrance exam for the Vienna Academy with Eduard von Engerth. Bayros mixed in elegant society and soon belonged to the circle of friends of Johann Straub, whose step daughter Alice he married on 1896. The next year, Bayros moved to Munich. In 1904, Bayros gave his first exhibition in Munich, which was a great success. From 1904 until 1908, Bayros traveled to Paris and Italy for his studies.
Typically, for an artist dealing with such imagery, von Bayros produced work under several pseudonyms, most notably Choisy Le Conin, and was hounded by authorities for much of his life for his “indecent” art often very imaginative, and including such taboo subjects as sadomasochism and bestiality. He became equally well-known for his masterly drawn figures of elegant modestly nude and non-nude women.