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Tamara de Lempicka




 

Tamara de Lempicka

(b Warsaw, 1898; d Texas, 18 March 1980).

American painter of Polish birth. She lived among the wealthy aristocracy in St Petersburg and fled with her husband from the Russian Revolution of 1917. In 1918 she arrived in Paris, where she studied briefly at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Montparnasse, before studying under Maurice Denis at the Académie Ranson, and then under André Lhote. Lhote’s theories of composition, his insistence on careful figure studies and the precise application of paint, often using pure colour, provided the groundwork for her own style of freely interpreted Synthetic Cubism. This rapidly became identified with Art Deco and with modernity of style and subject-matter. All her paintings were carefully composed. She made little attempt to create three-dimensional effects, but using hard, angular lines and shapes contrasted against rounded, soft forms she created a highly stylized view of the world, in particular of the sophisticated society of Paris. Her subject-matter was generally exotic, whether in the celebratory feminine ‘glamour’ of Young Girl in Green (c. 1928; Paris, Pompidou) or in the suave, elegantly dressed, fashionable figures in the quasi-religious Adam and Eve (1932; Geneva, Petit Pal.). Occasionally scenes of naked women in intertwined compositions recall those of Ingres. Her stylish and mannered portraits sought to convey the wealth of her aristocratic sitters. Her reputation went into eclipse after her move to the USA in 1939, although a retrospective exhibition in Paris in 1972 heralded a renewed interest in the paintings of her youth.


Tamara de Lempicka

 

 

 


Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti
1925


 


St. Moritz
1929


 


The Young Ladies


 


 Sleeping Woman



 


La Convalescente


 

Mother Superior


 

Portrait de Madame Allan Bott


 

Suzanna in the Bath
1938


 

Portrait Of Madame Boucard
1931



 

Portrait of Marjorie
Ferry
1927


 

Portrait de Suzy Solidor


 

Woman with Dove


 

Madame M


 

High Summer


 

Spring


 

Two Girls
1928


 

Girl with Gloves


 

Romana de la Salle


 

La colombe


 

Andromeda
1927


 

Dormeuse


 

Women Bathing


 

Group of Women


 

L'Heure bleue


 

Beautiful Rafaela


 

Two Friends


 

Les deux amies


 

Nu aux buildings


 

Nude with Sails


 

Adam and Eve
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