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Monday, October 24, 2011

Lempicka, Tamara de


High Summer
1928
oil on wood
private collection

American painter of Polish birth. Tamara de Lempicka (1898 - 1980) lived among the wealthy aristocracy in St Petersburg and fled from the Russian Revolution of 1917.
She is one of the most well known artists of the Deco era. She proved to be a prolific painter, primarily portraits, as a result of her simple style. All her paintings were carefully composed and her subject-matter was generally exotic. She made little attempt to create three-dimensional effects, but using hard, angular lines and shapes contrasted against rounded, soft forms she created a highly stylized view of the world.

American singer-songwriter and actress Madonna is a huge fan and collector of her work.