Art Wednesday: Tamara de Lempicka
Artist: Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980)
Style: Art deco
Born into a wealthy and prominent family, her father was Boris Gurwik-Górski, a Polish lawyer, and her mother, a Polish socialite. She attended boarding school in Switzerland, and spent the winter of 1911 with her grandmother in Italy and on the French Riviera, where she was treated to her first taste of the Great Masters of Italian painting. In 1912, her parents divorced and Maria went to live with her wealthy Aunt in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1917, during the Russian Revolution her 1st husband was arrested —after his release the de Lempickas moved to Paris. Here she lead a bohemian lifestyle in Paris and was well known for her wild and reckless antics. Obsessed with her work and her social life, de Lempicka neglected more than her husband; she rarely saw her daughter. Her daughter was so angry at her mother she burned her enormous collection of designer hats. Regardless of the lack of relationship de Lempicka used her daughter as a model for many of her works— She fled Europe with her 2nd husband Baron Raoul Kuffner at the onset of war and settle in the USA. She managed to get her daughter out of Europe in 1941.
Her art style is considered a mix of soft cubism, art deco and a touch of Picasso.
The blue scarf
Portrait of Pierre de Montaut
Mother and child
Portrait of bearded man
Abstract Composition in Blue no. 1
In the 1950's de Lempicks moved into an abstract stage.
Below is a photo of the artist with her daughter - a very rocky relationship between the two.
The artist at work