In 1893, István Réti worked in Munich and Paris, doing sketches for his Bohemians’ Christmas Abroad. The painting itself was completed in his native town, Nagybanya (now Baia Mare, Romania). With the assistance of Réti, the Nagybanya art colony was founded in 1896 by artist and Munich art school manager Simon Hollósy and his pupils and friends. In Nagybanya, the artists went on with their urban bohemian lifestyle: work outdoors or in open studios was often followed by conversations and partying with Gypsy music in pubs or coffee houses. Also Gypsies were the first models, and a range of compositions depicted, often in stereotypes, the lives of marginalized Gypsies. While the founders’ generation gradually abandoned their libertine artists’ lifestyle to become part of the urban middle class, newer generations of artists would in subsequent years establish their own “Bohemias”.