'Hoop'. This work is dedicated to the great 20th century photographer and artist Frantisek Drtikol born near Prague in 1853. He studied art at the peak of the pre raphaelite painting movement. He apprenticed in Berlin where he observed the art of the masters in the major museums there. This was also the time of the emerging artist Gustav Klimt which influenced his work as well. His emphasis was on the nude female form with dramatic lighting, painted backdrops, and design elements, which reflected influences of both cubism and futurism. In the late 30's he stopped photographing and became involved in searching for spiritual meaning and answers. Under the Nazis and Communists, his work was not shown and he was banned from publishing. He died in 1961 in almost total obscurity but is now considered one of the major photo artists of the 20th century.
I have always been inspired by his work.
With the wonderful model priscilla and the hoop, have photographed these images
in celebration of 'Drtikol'
Mark Sadan, Ossining, New York, 2013
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