Tamara de Lempicka


Artist Biography:

Born in Warsaw in 1898, painter Tamara De Lempicka is best known for her distinctive Art Deco portraits, and for her highly stylized nudes. Her style was a blend of late, refined Cubism and the Neoclassical style. After marrying in 1914 and moving to Paris, Lempicka became an integral part of the Parisian avant-garde scene. Between the wars, she painted portraits of writers, artists, scientists, and many of Eastern Europe’s exiled nobility. Famous for her libido, her affairs with both men and women were carried out in ways that were scandalous at the time. Her husband eventually tired of their arrangement and they were divorced in 1931. At the threat of a second World War, she moved to America and became the “Favourite Artist of the Hollywood Stars”. Tamara De Lempicka died in her sleep in 1980 in Mexico. Her wish to be cremated and have her ashes spread on the top of the Popocatepetl volcano was carried out.

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