Thanks to John D. Larson of Swann's books department for this eye-opening post!
Decadent! Erotic! Phantasmagoric! Fin-de-siècle grotesqueries!
Gents and ladies disporting themselves, occasionally with a zealous
attention by attending friends from the animal kingdom! The provocative
work of Austrian artist Franz von Bayros (1866-1924) garnered all of these responses, though simple outrage was no doubt the most prevalent.
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. Yet
it has been often pointed out that, unlike some other decadent or erotic
art, von Bayros is keen to suggest the primal joy of sex, even while
indulging an imagination that allows for the inclusion of such taboo or
“exploitative” subjects as sadomasochism and bestiality.
For more information, including detailed descriptions and auction estimates for the von Bayros
material and similarly themed erotic books and illustrations, view our online catalogue. The sale's preview exhibition is open Friday, November 4, 10-6; Saturday, November 5, 10-4; Monday, November 7, 10-6; and from 10-noon Tuesday, November 8, the day of the auction.
Labels: 19th and 20th century literature, 19th and 20th century prints and drawings, Art Press and Illustrated Books, Choisy Le Conin, Christine von der Linn, curiosa, Franz von Bayros, John Larson, Swann Galleries