Tamara DE LEMPICKA (1898-1980)

Other possible identifications: after, manner, attributed, follower, school

Tamara de Lempicka was born in 1898 in Warsaw. Married to Tadeusz Lempicki, a Russian lawyer, she fled Saint Petersburg during the October Revolution.

She and her husband took refuge in Paris, where they were forced to sell part of their property in order to survive. She decides to become a painter and follows the teachings of André Lhote and Maurice Denis. Immersed in the artistic scene of Paris of the Roaring Twenties, she developed a style typical of her time, supported by compositions with simple volumes and distinct lights, nourished by neo-cubist, futurist and mannerist influences. This classic and modern blend is a resounding success which allows Tamara de Lempicka to lead a luxurious life as an emancipated woman. Lempicka, divorced in 1928, marries Baron Raoul Kuffner in 1933. On the eve of the Second World War, the couple emigrated to the United States. She died in 1980 in Cuernacava, Mexico.


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