Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara de Lempicka's distinctive painting style was as glamorous as her subject matter, the writers, aristocrats, artists, and entertainers of Paris in the age of Art Deco. Born in Poland, De Lempicka (18981980) created highly mannered portraits using a trademark combination of soft, rounded forms set against architectural lines and shapes, reflecting the new sophisticated urbanity of her sitters. Capturing the nascent modernist spirit, her bold technique and palette rapidly won her acclaim as the quintessential Art Deco artist.
This book, published to accompany an exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts, concentrates on this extraordinary artist's most productive and recognized period, between 1922 and 1935, during which time her brand of Synthetic Cubism brilliantly captured the atmosphere of wealth and decadence for which Paris had become famous. Some 60 major works, superbly reproduced in lush color, confirm De Lempicka's reputation as one of the most iconic painters of her generation, and establish her place within the modern movement.
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Tamara de LempickaUser Review - Book Verdict
Prurient passion? Fearful aghast? There can be no middle-ground response to this exhibition catalog, whose 95 large and intimate color plates and 40 black-and-white illustrations represent de Lempicka at the height of her career (1922-35). Mixed in with still lifes, flower paintings, and religious subjects are limpid yet striking upper-class portraits unique in both color and design. Lempicka's subjects are taken from the Renaissance, Mannerism, Ingres, and Courbet, to name a few; these modern titillations for the visually educated feature suggestively intertwined females, mother earth goddesses, and figures in the disarray of 1920 and 1930s couture. There is a very useful chronology and a fine bibliography by specialist Alain Blondel, but his introductory essays with two other writers are disappointing. The artist is still best presented in Laura Claridge's Tamara de Lempicka . Recommended for the color plates, the core of the book.--Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Lib., Long Beach
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Amazing woman and artist. I love her work, it is the pinnacle of art deco art. There are also photographs of her in this book and I am surprised to see that she was a very beautiful and glamorous woman.