FRANZ VON BAYROS
THE ABDUCTION OF GANYMEDE BY ZEUS
Graphite, ink washes and gouache on paper
14 3/4 x 11 in.; 37.5 x 27.9 cm
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
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Karl Ludwig Leonhardt, editor of the standard work on Bayros's erotica (acquired from the artist's heirs) — J. B. Rund (bookplate on backing of frame)
A turbulent mythological scene with a very fine Proustian cartouche. Franz von Bayros (1866–1924) was an Austrian illustrator and artist best known for his erotic and phantasmagoric imagery. In this drawing he depicts Zeus in both eagle and human form surrounding Ganymede. Of perhaps greater interest today is the cartouche at the bottom of the drawing depicting a curious man looking toward a brightly lit Parisian pissoir on a dark night.