Franz Von Stuck was an influential German Symbolist/Art Nouveau painter, sculptor, engraver, and architect born at Tettenweis near Griesbach in Lower Bavaria, Germany, the son of a miller. He was noted for his treatment of erotic and comic aspects of mythological themes.
Stuck's subject matter was primarily drawn from mythology, inspired by the work of Arnold Böcklin.
Large, heavy forms dominate most of his paintings and point toward his proclivities for sculpture.
His seductive female nudes, in the role of the femme fatale, are a prime example of popular Symbolist content.
Stuck paid close attention to the frames for his paintings and generally designed them himself with such careful use of panels, gilt carving and inscriptions that the frames must be taken as an integral part of the overall piece.