Saturday, February 27, 2010

The diva of deco and decadence

Tamara de Lempicka's distinctive artistic style was a sensual mix of soft cubism and art deco. Her paintings are clean, smoothly metallic, precise and elegant. As summed up by the magazine Auto-Journal in 1974, "the self-portrait of Tamara de Lempicka is a real image of the independent woman who asserts herself. Her hands are gloved, she is helmeted, and inaccessible; a cold and disturbing beauty pierces a formidable being—this woman is free!" Her portraits, nudes and still lifes encapsulate the spirit of art deco and the jazz age.

I highly recommend reading one of the many biographies about Ms. de Lempicka as she lived a scandalous life for the time.  A hedonistic swirl of high society and affairs with men and women. Love it!

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