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Drtikol, Frantisek (1883 - 1961)

In 1910, Frantisek Drtikol opened his studio in Prague and rapidly developed a reputation as a portrait photographer. At first, his personal work - mostly landscapes - diffused a symbolist-like pictorialist aesthetic. In the 1920s, he created daring and inventive nude studies that mingled Cubism, Abstraction and Art Deco - ‘I am inspired by three things: decorativeness, motion, and the stillness and expression of individual lines.’ To do so, he enjoyed contrasting the curves of the feminine body against solid geometric Art Deco forms, fragmenting shapes, using the light techniques of silent films and integrating expressive dance moves. In the 1930s, he became more and more intrigued by Buddhism and thus, privileging a spiritual approach, he began eliminating the living body form his work, moving more and more towards abstraction. Surprisingly, Frantisek Drtikol stopped shooting photographs in 1935, maybe had he found the ultimate abstraction…

Tags / Frantisek Drtikol - Czech Photographer - 1920s - Pictorialism - Abstraction - Nudes
Frantisek Drtikol, Trees Reflected in the Water, Night Effect, c. 1901-1907
Frantisek Drtikol, Trees Reflected in the Water, Night Effect, c. 1901-1907
Frantisek Drtikol, Composition, c. 1925
Frantisek Drtikol, Composition, c. 1925
Frantisek Drtikol, Melancholy Curve, 1926
Frantisek Drtikol, Melancholy Curve, 1926
Frantisek Drtikol, Entrance of a House, Effects of Light and Shadow, 1911
Frantisek Drtikol, Entrance of a House, Effects of Light and Shadow, 1911
Frantisek Drtikol, Woman with Necklace, Prague, 1914
Frantisek Drtikol, Woman with Necklace, Prague, 1914
Frantisek Drtikol, Kniender Akt, date unknown
Frantisek Drtikol, Kniender Akt, date unknown
Frantisek Drtikol, The Cry, c. 1927
Frantisek Drtikol, The Cry, c. 1927
Frantisek Drtikol, The Sisters, 1932
Frantisek Drtikol, The Sisters, 1932
Frantisek Drtikol, Mother Earth, 1931
Frantisek Drtikol, Mother Earth, 1931
Frantisek Drtikol, Nude Study, 1927
Frantisek Drtikol, Nude Study, 1927
Frantisek Drtikol, Nude with Circles, c. 1928
Frantisek Drtikol, Nude with Circles, c. 1928
Frantisek Drtikol, Bohemian Landscapes, date unknown
Frantisek Drtikol, Bohemian Landscapes, date unknown
Frantisek Drtikol, Nude Study, c. 1923-1929
Frantisek Drtikol, Nude Study, c. 1923-1929
Frantisek Drtikol, Untitled, c. 1925-1928
Frantisek Drtikol, Untitled, c. 1925-1928
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