Lithograph, 1922, 69 x 60 cm (including frame)
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.
Under the tree of knowledge, symbolizing the earthly life, the human fate, and celebrating the beauty of the naked female body, two young women rest together in the harmonic symbiosis. They lean one against the other by their naked bodies heads synchronically turned over their right shoulder, staring to the far, they are waiting for the arrival of a rider, whose small figure we can already see on the horizon. It is a hunter with arrows, coming back from the hunting, the knight the protector arriving in full armour on the horse, but also the symbol of a man the conqueror and father.
The palm in the background, together with the tree of knowledge, symbolize the garden of Paradise. The palm was considered to be a holy tree already in the Babylon empire, in the Antiquity it symbolized the light and was the tree dedicated to the gods of Sun ((Helios, Apollon). As the light symbol, but also as the symbol of invincibility resisting even the heat of the sun, it is the symbol of victory – the symbol of the male principle.
Drtikol when drawing, most probably took the inspiration from the famous triptych of Hieronymus Bosch – The Garden of Earthly Delights (1503-1504), which is now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. His garden, just like the garden by Bosch, is the garden of lost paradise, the garden of love and earthly delights, where two naked girls exposing their lesbian love are the promise of various sexual games and pleasures for the arriving rider.