"In stark contrast to his classic, impressionist painting of the later period, Mayrhofer's sketchbooks contain a multitude of whimsical, grotesque drawings with demons, skeletons and fables. As early as 1912, Wilhelm Michel wrote: "For a while, his imagination had been felled by the creation of fabulous animal bodies which are not equal in the grotesque art of our cultural circle. He has drawn them into a book, diary-like, like hypochondria melancholy and bawdy mood. " Whether this ambiguity in his work is expression of his personality, or whether Mayrshofer as a professor at the art academy had to follow the taste of so-called "German art" propagated in this epoch, can not be explained with certainty to this day.
It is known from his diaries that Mayrshofer has suffered from a severe renal disease and severe neuralgia since childhood. That is why medical questions were repeatedly occupied by him in his presentations. In a sketch book with the inscription "Nice Drawings" he sketches patients, doctors and death, who dwells as a skeleton among the living. In the midst of the sick and the dead, he represents himself." quote source
All artworks were originally published in the German art magazine Jugend.
A website for the artist can be viewed here.