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Portrait of Ira Perrot

2014

Single piece Signed Dated Titled

5858,93 €

Size

91.44 x 139.7 cm
36.00 x 55 in

Reference

612c1922

Year

2014

Medium

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Portrait of Ira Perrot, ca. 2014
Gouttelette Print on Paper
36x55 in / 91 x 140 cm
Limited-Edition of 100

Lempicka's attraction to glamour and sensual elegance is typified in the Portrait of Ira Perrot, the artist's close friend and purported lover. Draped in a clinging white satin gown, Ira leans seductively against the edge of the picture holding a bouquet of arum flowers, a favourite of Lempicka's, and a billowing red shawl which echoes her vermillion lips and fingernails. In portraiture, from antiquity to today, flowers have often served as a symbol of the romantic appeal and erotic allure of the sitter. Indeed, Ira's lily-white dress accentuates her soft form, the outline of her navel and belly plainly visible as though she were nude. She appears sexy yet aloof. Ira's body turns toward the viewer, but her eyes look elsewhere, seemingly unaware of the voyeuristic gaze that her pose invites. Ira is as classically beautiful and exotic as the flowers She holds and like the flowers, she too is in full bloom.

1898 Varsavia, Poland

Tamara Łempicka (born Tamara Rozalia Gurwik-Górska; 16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980; colloquial: Tamara de Lempicka) was a Polish painter who spent her working life in France and the United States. She is best known for her polished Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy, and for her highly stylized paintings of nudes.

Born in Warsaw, Lempicka briefly moved to Saint Petersburg where she married a prominent Polish lawyer, then travelled to Paris. She studied painting with Maurice Denis and André Lhote. Her style was a blend of late, refined cubism and the neoclassical style, particularly inspired by the work of Jean-Dominique Ingres. She was an active participant in the artistic and social life of Paris between the Wars. In 1928 she became the mistress of Baron Raoul Kuffner, a wealthy art collector from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. After the death of his wife in 1933, the Baron married Lempicka in 1934, and thereafter she became known in the press as "The Baroness with a Brush".

Following the outbreak of World War II in 1939, she and her husband moved to the United States and she painted celebrity portraits, as well as still lifes and, in the 1960s, some abstract paintings. Her work was out of fashion after World War II, but made a comeback in the late 1960s, with the rediscovery of Art Deco. She moved to Mexico in 1974, where she died in 1980. At her request, her ashes were scattered over the Popocatépetl volcano.


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