Tamara de Lempicka the artist the woman the legend Posted in: Pamela_P Pedestal – Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Tamara de Lempicka

On the Pamela_P Pedestal today is Tamara de Lempicka who is one of my favourite artists. I have two copies of her work on my bedroom wall and have always been attracted to her big, bold and beautiful canvases. Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polish Art Deco painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star”.

She was a refugee art student who became renowned for her portraiture of glamourous, rich acquaintances.

Out of 100 paintings Tamara’s are instantly recognizable, as she said herself,

“My goal is never to copy. I wanted to create a new style, with clear luminous colours  and to feel the elegance of the models”

Tamara de Lempicka


De Lempicka was at the height of her career during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s. As an artist her style epitomises the look of that era with its geometric motifs and bright bold colours. Her work represented the best and purest forms of that decorative art period.

I can wax lyrical on the Art Deco period as it continues to be a source of inspiration to me, something that started when I was a fashion student many years ago. The period drew its inspiration from very serious art movements such as Cubism, Futurism, and the influence of the Bauhaus. And in Paris it was the dominant art form of the 20’s and 30’s.

Tamara de Lempicka was influenced by the great artist Ingres and was both criticized and admired for her modern restatement of his art. In the 30’s she traveled to Chicago where she worked with

the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Delgado and Willem de Kooning. Again, her work shows signs of these artists influence.

Before her death in the 70’s a new generation had discovered her art and greeted it with enthusiasm. A retrospective in 1973 drew positive reviews. At the time of her death, her early Art Deco paintings were being shown and purchased once again.

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