František Drtikol (1883 – 1961) was a Czech photographer of international renown. He is especially known for his characteristically epic photographs, often nudes and portraits. 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.
I present some of his more dark and macabre photos with erotic attitude, salome, death and the maiden (erotic playful attitude with death in contrast with the warning message of the classic theme) and the crucified woman