Frantisek Drtikol (1883 - 1961)
Frantisek Drtikol was a founder of Czech modernist photography and a seminal figure in Czech photography before the Second World War. Now recognized as a modern master, Drtikol produced a monumental body of work--from early Pictorialist and Art Nouveau portraits and landscapes to the influential nude studies of the 20s and 30s- that has permanently established his place in the history of photography.
Eventually, the nude would become Drtikol's primary mode of photographic expression. In the 1920s he developed the unique style for which he is best known, using Cubist and Art Deco sculptural motifs, elements of Expressionist dance, and ingenious geometric patterns of shadow and light to create dynamic nudes in which the body, no longer serving an illustrative or metaphorical purpose, became a purely aesthetic and erotic motif.
10 Modernist Nudes Portfolio
1925 – 29 / printed 2003
Contemporary pigment prints from original glass plates
Number 26 of an edition of 30
9 x 11.25 in.
Stamped and signed by Drtikol’s granddaughter, Ruzena Krzotkova-Bokova on print verso
These 10 pigment prints were made from the original glass plate negatives by photographer and master printer, Michal Mack in 2003, under the supervision of Vladimir Birgus, and with the approval of Drtikol’s daughter, Ervina Bokova-Drtikolova.
The portfolio box, housing all 10 prints as well as the introduction essay and title page, was designed by Otakar Karlas, a well known Czech graphic artist.
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