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Self Portrait


Single piece Signed Dated Titled

4232,78 €


53.34 x 71.12 cm
21.00 x 28 in







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Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti), ca. 2014
Gouttelette Print on Paper
28 × 21 in x 71.1 × 53.3 cm
Limited-Edition of 100

Here we have De Lempicka’s self-portrait. The piece was commissioned by the German fashion magazine Die Dame, celebrating the rising independence of women at the time. The artist depicts herself behind the wheel of a green Bugatti sports car, clutching the wheel as her scarf billows dramatically in the wind. Sharp folds of fabric, meticulous chrome detailing and striking lighting are all exemplary examples of the Art Deco style and the striking lighting provide the impression of speed as if the painting captures a fleeting moment.

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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