FRANCE – JANUARY 01: Tamara de Lempicka, in a dress by Marcel Rochas. Paris. Photography by d’Ora, around 1931. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)
Tamara Łempicka (born Tamara Rozalia Gurwik-Górska; 16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), better known as Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polishpainter 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”.
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The “Baroness with a Brush“:
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Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polish painter – life in France and the United States – best known for her polished Art Deco portraits and nudes.
5 Facts about Tamara de Lempicka:
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Sometimes artists become more known among the general public for their colorful personal lives than for their artwork, no matter how great their contributions to the art world. Such is the case with Polish/American artist Tamara de Lempicka, who was born on this day in 1898.
Tamara de Lempicka at Her Easle. Credit Bettmann/Getty Images)