Franz Walter Bergmann was a painter, muralist, and illustrator. His father, who worked as a librarian at the University of Vienna, was a frustrated painter and saw to it that there was art and music in the Bergmann household. After serving in WWI, Franz (or Frank, as he was called) entered the Vienna National Academy of Art and after winning the highest awards at that school graduated in 1925. Coming to the U.S. at that time, he was active in New York, Chicago and Denver before settling in San Francisco in 1929. In San Francisco his bold, modern paintings were well received by the local press and he was in great demand as a muralist.