Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tamara De Lempicka

Last Sunday, just before running to the airport to come back to Israel, I went to the exposition of Tamara de Lempicka's paintings in Rome.
Before that afternoon I had no clue about her, her art works. I'm glad and proud to say that I found an amazing artist. I felt in love with her works at the first sign.
I upload here some of her paintings hopefully you will like her style as much as I love it!.

First, a little bit of Tamara's background!

It is not sure where the artist was born: she claimed to be born in Varvasia in 1902, other documents confirm that she was born in Moscow three years before. She came from a Russian aristocratic family, she had a brother and a sister, Adrienne, who became on the most famous architect of the '30s.
Tamara De Lempicka was one of the main protagonist, in the art society,  of the decades in between the two world wars.  She became an icon of the Art Deco.
During the '20s and '30s , the idea of art change drastically. The concept of movement, modernity, technology, improvement, the more dynamic shape of the human body's representation overcome the classic parameters. In particular in Tamara de Lempicka's case, a post-cubism style is pretty strong in her representation of people, style influenced by the teaching of Andre Lhote.
The artist was considered an icon of modernity and fashion; as she said "I try to live and create in a way that impress both in my life and in my works the sign of modern days".
Tamara de Lempicka lived in Paris most of her life, paintings and participating in the social life offered by the French capital in its coffee houses where writers, editors, painters and any kind of artists and personalities meet to discuss any kind of topic: art, society, politics. Here, for instance, she became a member of the "Societe Nationale de Femmes Artistes Modernes" with which she will expose her paintings many times in the future.
The artist spent part of her life in America where was appreciate by the public as well as in Paris .
In the 1980 Tamara died and her ashes were spread on the crater of Popocatepetl vulcano in Mexico, as she wanted.

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