Franz Windhager was born on the 3rd of December 1879 in Vienna. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Christian Griepenkerl and in Karlsruhe under Ludwig Schmid-Reutte. Several study trips followed. Windhager became a member of the Wiener Künstlerhaus and received numerous awards including the Drasche Prize. Windhager was known for his colorful genre pictures. He also worked under the name Franz Reichar and Franz Reichardt-Windhager. Franz Windhager died on the 14th of June 1959 in Vienna.