František DRTIKOL, Composition: nude standing among circular constructions Enlarge 1 /1

František DRTIKOL

Czechoslovakia 1883 – 1961

Composition: nude standing among circular constructions (c1928) Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 27.5 h x 22.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.2911

While Drtikol ran a successful portrait studio in Prague he completed nude studies which were highly innovative and daring. He used lighting techniques recently developed for silent film and incorporated elements of modern dance. Drtikol juxtaposed the fluidity of the human body against the rigidity of geometric forms, placing them in settings of deliberate, abstracted simplicity. ‘I let the beauty of the line itself make an impact, without embellishment, by suppressing everything that is secondary’, he claimed.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra