a cold and disturbing beauty through which pierces a formidable being
Auto Journal (1974)
Polish, born in 1898. Tamara de Lempicka belonged to a wealthy family who allowed her to dedicate completely to visual art during her youth. At 15 years old de Lempicka moved to Russia where in a short time she found a husband, the lawyer Tadeus Lempicki. When the Russian Revolution exploded in 1917 and Taudeus was arrested by Bolsheviks, the artist exercised all her charm, richness and diplomacy to free him. And she made it, leaving Russia for London first and later for Paris. For the 3 decades onwards Tamara de Lempicka despite giving birth to a baby fully committed to her works and social life.
Her lifestyle was definetly bohemian, entertaining romantic relationships with both women and men, and her social life was frenetic; Tamara’s circle of friends included Picasso, Cocteau, D’Annunzio and Tyrone Power. De Lempicka had commissions from King Alfonso XIII of Spain, and Queen Elizabeth of Greece, her works were exposed in the major exhibitions of the era all around the western world.
The economic downturns caused by the Great Depression and Second World War had no effect on her works and introits.The interest in her art plunged during the 60s but soared again in the 70s. She died in 1980 as a prominent artist of Art Deco and XIX century in general.