Tristan's Gallery

Frantisek Drtikol

Born in 1883, Frantisek Dritkol became one of the most important Czech photographers of the twentieth Century. His work, mainly portraits and nude photographs, reflect the late 19th Century decorative style as well as the signs of a new age symbolized by geometric backgrounds and the movement of the age.

Dritkol's craving for truth led him to eastern philosophies, into areas so remote as the world of Cabbala and Buddhism where he sought for and found an artistic language of his own. He died in 1961, lonely and forgotten. Nowadays his place in Czech and international photography cannot be replaced. His work has become highly collectable.