Prague, March 15 (CTK) – The most precious photograph by Czech Frantisek Drtikol, a picture of a nude woman entitled The Wave, was stolen from the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague during the weekend, daily Pravo writes today, citing the museum’s director Helena Koenigsmarkova.
“We feel absolutely broken. This is the most valuable original by Drtikol owned by the museum and also in the history of Czech and world photography,” Koenigsmarkova told the paper.
She said the photo is actually priceless.
According to the auction website ART plus, Berlin’s Gallery Kicken offered one of the variants of Drtikol’s Wave to collectors for 400,000 euros at an art fair in Maastricht in March 2010.
Drtikol (1883-1961) has been the most valued Czech photographer at international auctions. He has become most famous for his nudes among geometric decorations.
The staff of the Prague museum revealed the theft on Monday. An unknown perpetrator stole the picture probably on Saturday evening, shortly before the museum closed.
Koenigsmarkova said she believes the thief was a professional who probably stole the picture on an order. The photograph was very skilfully cut out from the frame and the passepartout, she noted.