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Discover Tamara de Lempicka, an influential Russian emigré who captured the essence of the Roaring Twenties through her iconic paintings. This essential introduction explores her distinct visual language and its significant impact on the art world during the interwar period. From the famous Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti to her portraits of high-society clients, this book invites you to delve into the vivid world of de Lempicka's art.

Tamara de Lempicka (1898–1980) lived life in the fast lane. With a passion for glamour and fame, she left her native Russia after the Bolshevik revolution and took Paris by storm. Her prolific, monumental oeuvre remains a vivid visual representation of 1920s Art Deco. De Lempicka's style utilized cool colors and precise post-cubist forms to create a neoclassical and voluptuous figuration. Her subjects are often nude and always sensual, aloof, and powerful. Adorned in seductive lighting and textures, they demand our attention but usually turn away with a regal air of grandeur. They range from high-society patrons to progressive portraits of liberated and lesbian women, such as Women Bathing and Portrait of Suzy Solidor. Notably, de Lempicka's Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti was commissioned for the cover of German magazine Die Dame and became an icon of speed, sophistication

    • English edition
    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Published in 2019
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 inches  (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.5 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.2 lb (19.2 oz; 544 g)
    • SKU010011726 | 9783836532273

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    Tamara de Lempicka

    About the Artist

    Tamara de Lempicka

    Tamara Łempicka (1898 – 1980), better known as Tamara de Lempicka, was a Jewish Polish painter who spent her working life in France and the United States. She is best known for her polished Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy, and for her highly stylized paintings of nudes.

    Born in Warsaw, Łempicka briefly moved to Saint Petersburg where she married Tadeusz Łempicki, a prominent Polish lawyer, then travelled to Paris. She studied painting with Maurice Denis and André Lhote. Her style was a blend of late, refined cubism and the neoclassical style, particularly inspired by the work of Jean-Dominique Ingres. She was an active participant in the artistic and social life of Paris between the wars. In 1928 she became the mistress of Baron Raoul Kuffner, a wealthy art collector from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. After her divorce from Łempicki in 1931 and the death of his wife in 1933, Kuffner married Lempicka in 1934, and thereafter she became known in the press as "The Baroness with a Brush".

    Following the outbreak of World War II in 1939, she and her husband moved to the United States and she painted celebrity portraits, as well as still lifes and, in the 1960s, some abstract paintings. Her work was out of fashion after World War II, but made a comeback in the late 1960s, with the rediscovery of Art Deco. She moved to Mexico in 1974, where she died in 1980.

    Giles Néret

    About the Author

    Gilles Néret

    Gilles Néret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Élie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His Taschen titles include Salvador Dalí: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.


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