Franz Stuck (1863-1928) was a German painter, sculptor, engraver, and architect. From 1878 to 1885, he studied at the School of Plastic Arts in Munich, then at the Munich Academy. He at first earned his living by illustrating various magazines. In 1892, Stuck was one of the founders of the Munich Sezession. In 1895 he began teaching at the Munich Academy. His pupils included Kandinsky, Klee, and Albers. His many nudes, with their torrid sensuality and a linear style combining decorative and erotic elements, are direct precursors of the Jugendstil artistic movement.