Artist: Tamara de Lempicka
Born: 16 May 1898, Warsaw, Poland
Movement: Art Deco
Died: 18 March 1980, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Tamara Rozalia Gurwick-Gόrska, better known as Tamara de Lempicka was a painter. She spent most of her working life in France and the USA. She is particularly famous for her Art Deco portraits of the aristocrats and wealthy of the time, and her stylized paintings of the female nudes.
Lempicka moved from Warsaw to Saint Petersburg where she married a prominent Polish Lawyer. She then moved to Paris and studied under Maurice Denis and André L’hote, developing her own late cubism and neoclassical style. She was active participant of the artistic and social Paris life between WW1 and WW2 and became the mistress of Baron Raoul Kuffner, they married in 1934 after the death of his wife and she was known in the social press as the Baroness with a Brush.
After the outbreak of WW2 in 1939, Lempicka and her husband moved to the USA where she painted celebrity portraits, still lifes and some abstracts. After the war her art fell out of fashion but made a comeback in the 1960s with the rediscovery of Art Deco. In 1974 she moved to Mexico where she died in 1980. Her ashes were scattered over the Popocatépetl volcano, as she had requested.
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