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A rare male semi-nude figure by Frantisek Drtikol who was better known for his female nudes, often pictured against abstract painted backdrops. Unsigned, but accompanied by a letter of provenance and authenticity. Printed c. 1925.

The photographic career of Frantisek Drtikol (1883 – 1961) blossomed in the era of Art Nouveau, buoyed by Prague symbolism, and came to full form as a fundamental contribution to Czech modernism. In the mid-1930s, Drtikol turned from modernism to mysticism and abandoned photography in favor of painting and seclusion. Though now recognized as one of the great photographers of the 20th Century, he died with his artistic legacy virtually forgotten.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: some silvering at edges of print
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
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Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • This piece came to me from a dealer specializing in Czech photography. She states the photograph was purchased in Prague in 1995 from an antiquarian book seller along with two other images of the same man, Captain Pruzz. The book seller told her that all three photographs came from an elderly man who new Drtikol. He dated them c.1925. They all had been in his possession this whole time. It is possible he knew Captain Pruzz, but we cannot be sure. Drtikol often took portraits of his friends and frequently used them as his models.
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 8.25 x 4 in. (20.96 x 10.16 cm.)
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