48 cm ×42 cm including frame,
Signed right bottom
In monograph: František Drtikol I., Anna Fárová, Prague 2012, page 68.
In catalogue of exhibition: František Drtikol, Naked geometry, Prague 2012, page 82
In monograph: František Drtikol, Vladimír Birgus, Kant, Prague 2000, page 36
In monograph: Photographer František Drtikol, Vladimír Birgus, Prostor, Prague 1994, picture 119
In book: František Drtikol Photographer, Painter, Mystic, Galerie Rudolfinum, 1998 picture III./1
The all-time auction price on the world market for the artwork by F. Drtikol:
Snow Wave, bromoil gelatin silver print, sold for 312 thousand USD, Sotheby´s auction house, New York 2007
Vanitas (Vanity in Latin) is one of the Christian vices based on the allegory of ethical concepts, coming out of older pre-Christian tradition. In fine art, it is usually portrayed as a naked woman with mirror and jewels, sometimes also with dogs. The motif of vices and virtues was very often depicted in the fine Art.
Drtikol´s Vanitas is portrayed as a naked woman kneeling on the hill of Golgotha, the spot, where the skull of Adam was found and Jesus Christ crucified. Therefore, a skull is usually represented at the bottom of the cross with the dead Christ. The woman looks – instead of in the mirror – up to the sky and to the imaginary cross. She rests by her hands on the skull of Adam himself – the first man – who was endangered and led astray by a woman. Vanitas personifies the sexual destructive principle of a man who is, from the beginning of the world, endangered by a woman.
Bibliography: František Drtikol I., Anna Fárová, Prague 2012, page 68.