Tamara de Lempicka: all about her

Tamara de Lempicka was a 20th century painter. Particularly linked to the artistic movement of Art Deco, she is best known for her portraits, often feminine, elegant and sensual, as well as for her worldly and unconventional way of life. Here’s everything you need to know about her.

Tamara de Lempicka

Biography. Of Polish origin, he was born in Warsaw in 1898. From an early age, he approached the world of art and demonstrated an enterprising and unconventional character. During his life he married twice, first in his youth to a lawyer from whom his only daughter Kizette was born, then to a Hungarian baron. Tamara de Lempicka however she was not only a painter but also a woman who loved to surround herself with people, parties, music and indeed she is still remembered today both for her art, both for her desire to splendor she allowed herself. One of her many names was the “Polish Greta Garbo”, as she was known in Hollywood for her diva poses in front of the camera lens. When she died on March 18, 1980, she was in Mexico and her ashes were scattered on the Popocatépetl volcano, as she had requested.

The beginnings. As we have said, Tamara de Lempicka approached the world of art from an early age and, certainly, her travels helped her to appreciate the different artistic currents. It was only in Paris that he began to enroll in a real painting course at the Ranson Academy, and in 1922 there was his first exhibition.

Style. the work by Tamara de Lempicka they are undoubtedly recognizable and unique for their style. The painter indeed moved away from the artistic currents of the time, such as Impressionism, and created unique works. Although choosing to use a very small range of colors, the colors are still bright and metallic, so much so that the faces depicted are often considered ‘mannequins’. The forms are rather geometric, angular, as if they were smooth. All this could make us think of “empty” works without personality and, on the contrary, thanks to a careful study of the details, including the hats, the lacquered nails, the curls, the false eyelashes and the diamonds and pearls, Tamara de Lempicka manages to make his works glamorous and elegant. Of a completely different style are the works belonging to the American period of the painter and which tended towards abstract art and, perhaps for this reason, did not have the same success as the others which, on the contrary, helped it. to impose.

Madonna. Lempicka’s fame became so also thanks to the many known faces who bought and started collecting his works. Even today, several faces such as Barbara Streisand and Jack Nicholson are his collectors but, without a doubt, the most passionate is Madonna. The singer indeed owns many works by the painter that she has lent over the years for various exhibitions and that she has often shown in her many musical successes.

Tamara de Lempicka and the women

The painter was not only an independent woman, but she was also a female model, a symbol, so much so that she was defined by many as a “modern Venus” and often referred to as the “Painter of Women”.

Many of her works feature women represented as autonomous and independent symbols and no longer for the pleasure of the male public. the Women by Tamara de Lempicka they are made according to the styles of Art Deco combined with the cubist influence. Games of shadow and light, compact brushstrokes and bright colors make his paintings the trademark. If the painter is defined as the modern Venus, it is because the women he represents, him first of all, are sensual, provocative but at the same time haughty and capable of reflecting the cultural climate and fashion of the time. .

Paweł Cieśla Staszek_Szybki_Jest, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Self-portrait of Tamara de Lempicka

If there is one emblematic work by Tamara de Lempicka, it is her Self-Portrait. The full title was actually Tamara Self-Portrait in a Green Bugatti and was made in 1929.

In this painting, not only the artist’s art is enclosed but also her essence as an independent woman. In fact, it’s no coincidence that he chose to retire in a sports car wrapped in a silk scarf. The make-up and the gaze, fixed on the spectator, almost seem to want to affirm her status as a strong and independent woman. The self-portrait, however, is not true to his person but is elaborated with more modern features. An idea designed specifically to become a historical tool of female propaganda.

Tamara de Lempicka The Kiss

The Kiss of Tamara de Lempicka it is nothing more than a tribute to the famous painting of the same name by the Italian painter Francesco Hayez. The work, dating from 1922, is, like all the others by the artist, elegant and precise from the symmetry of the colors to the make-up of the two protagonists.

Tamara de Lempicka works

Finally, as always, here is a short selection of some of the works and paintings by Tamara de Lempicka ever more beautiful.

  • Chinese(1921)
  • sex(1922)
  • The kiss
  • reclining nude(1922)
  • road at night(1922-1923)
  • naked with her(1923)
  • Bohemian(1923)
  • woman in black skirt(1923)
  • Portrait of Bibi Zögbe (The Pink Background)(1923)
  • russian dancer(about 1924-1925)
  • Portrait of Kizette(about 1924)
  • The red bird(1924)
  • Portrait of Madame Zanetos(1924)
  • The double “47”(about 1924)
  • The green veil(about 1925)
  • Portrait of Prince Eristoff(1925)
  • Portrait of the Marquis d’Afflitto(1925)
  • Portrait of Guido Sommi(1925)
  • Portrait of the Duchess of La Salle(1925)
  • Kizette in pink(1926)
  • Portrait of SAI the Grand Duke of Gavriil(1926)
  • Rafaëla on a green background(1927)
  • The pink tunic(1927)
  • The beautiful Rafaela(1927)
  • Portrait of Baron Kuffner(1928)
  • The two friends(1928)
  • Maternity(1928)
  • Portrait of Tadeusz Lempicki(1928)
  • New York(about 1929)
  • woman with dove(1929)
  • Self-portrait (Tamara in the green Bugatti)(1929)
  • Andromeda(1929)
  • Spring(1930)
  • Arlette Boucard with arums(1931)
  • Arums (1931)
  • Self-portrait in the green Bugatti(1932)
  • adam and eve(1932)
  • Portrait of Marjorie Ferry(1932)
  • Portrait of Suzy Solidor(1932)
  • Portrait of Mrs M.(1932)
  • Portrait of Count Vettor Marcello(1933)
  • Portrait of Miss Poum Rachou(1934)
  • The Blue Virgin(1934)
  • The mother superior(1935)
  • Portrait of Louisiana Kuffner(1939)
  • The escape(about 1940)
  • The Virgin with the Child
  • key and hand(1946)
  • surreal landscape(about 1947)

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