Ex-libris (bookplate)

Archive / Ex Libris Collection

Accession Nr.: ELT 10.220
Artist/Maker:
Bayros, von, Franz (1866 - 1924) / designer
Place of production: Vienna
Inscription: jobbra lent ceruzával: Fr. Bayros
Materials: paper
Techniques: heliogravure
Dimensions:
width: 11 cm
height: 12 cm
Bayros made several ex libris pieces for István Kellner, a book dealer in Budapest. This one made in 1913 was published on the cover plate of the Bayros issue of a Gyűjtő (The Collector, an art magazine). Bayros favoured circular compositions - in this case it is enriched with flowers, showing a half-naked female figure in a large hat, holding a snake in her right and a St. George statuette in her left. At her feet, a monkey sits in a kimono on the quiver of Cupid, holding a pen in its hand. This picture is characterised by symbols from different sources, decorative effects, graceful details and erotic fantasy: the presence of the animals suggest love, while the large hat evokes similar associations. Bayros’ female figures can be considered as special interpretations of the «Femme fatale».

Literature

  • Szerk.: Szilágyi András, Horányi Éva: Szecesszió. A 20. század hajnala. (Az európai iparművészet korszakai.). Iparművészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 1996. - Nr. 8.48. (Horváth Hilda)