Zena Ve Svétle (Women in Light). Photographs by Frantisek Drtikol. Essay by J.R. Marek (text in Czech). Tiskl E Beaufort, Prague, 1930. [15 pp] + plates. Octavo (9.75 x 7 in./24.5 x 17.5 cm.). First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Toned black-and-white reproductions.
An incredibly rare first edition in scarce dust jacket! The work of Frantisek Drtikol (1883-1961) is a fascinating synthesis of 19th century Symbolism, Modernist Abstraction, and Art Deco whimsy. "Drtikol embraced the coming geometric ideals of the Art Deco movement, and began using cut-outs and softness of lighting or contrast to create dream-like compositions. Compositions that--at times--seemed to express different modes of being, even, different planes."
"I am inspired by three things," wrote Drtikol, "decorativeness, motion, and the stillness and expression of individual lines. I then use the background and props - simple objects such as circles, wavy lines and columns - accordingly. I let the beauty of the line itself make an impact, without embellishment, by suppressing everything that is secondary... or else I use the body as a decorative object, positioning it in various settings and lights. This is how I create all my pictures."--reference, Jan Velinger, Dreams of Shadow and Light, Radio Praha, 2004
Near Fine+ with very slight spine tilt with tiny 'kiss' to its base; jacket with small chips to extremities; two tiny edge tears (about 1/8 in./less than 1 cm.)