František Drtikol

15 03 2015

Has anyone photographed the female form. So oddly. As if she were a hood ornament.

From 1907 to 1910 he had his own studio, until 1935 he operated an important portrait photostudio in Prague on the fourth floor of one of Prague’s remarkable buildings, a Baroque corner house at 9 Vodičkova, now demolished. Jaroslav Rössler, an important avant-garde photographer, was one of his pupils. Drtikol made many portraits of very important people and nudes which show development from pictorialism and symbolism to modern composite pictures of the nude body with geometric decorations and thrown shadows, where it is possible to find a number of parallels with the avant-garde works of the period. These are reminiscent of Cubism, and at the same time his nudes suggest the kind of movement that was characteristic of the futurism aesthetic.

He began using paper cut-outs in a period he called “photopurism”. These photographs resembled silhouettes of the human form. Later he gave up photography and concentrated on painting. After the studio was sold Drtikol focused mainly on painting, Buddhist religious and philosophical systems. In the final stage of his photographic work Drtikol created compositions of little carved figures, with elongated shapes, symbolically expressing various themes from Buddhism. In the 1920s and 1930s, he received significant awards at international photo salons.





Frantisek Drtikol

31 12 2014

Drtikol was a Czech artist/photographer. Who focused on the nude. The female. Not considered an odd obsession, I find his multiple twisting of the female form an attempt at some kind of resignation. Perhaps he sees her as an iconic figure. They are certainly arresting figures. (Groucho Marx remark here.) I would like to know how someone who has no knowledge or exposure to Christian art and symbolism would relate to these pics. Humorous perhaps. Or macabre.

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František Drtikol

23 05 2012

Has anyone photographed the female form. So oddly. As if she were a hood ornament.

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Frantisek Drtikol

26 03 2012

Try typing his name. Drtikol was a Czech artist/photographer. Who focused on the nude. The female. Not considered an odd obsession, I find his multiple twisting of the female form an attempt at some kind of resignation. Perhaps he sees her as an iconic figure. They are certainly arresting figures. (Groucho Marx remark here.) I would like to know how someone who has no knowledge or exposure to Christian art and symbolism would relate to these pics. Perverted perhaps. Or macabre.

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