Happy Birthday Tamara de Lempicka!

Tamara de Lempicka

Today is the birthday of artist Tamara de Lempicka (b.Tamara Rozalia Gurwik Gorska 1898-1980 Poland).  Best known for her Art Deco portraits of the wealthy aristocrats and polished and highly stylised nude paintings.



Nude with Dove 1928


Portrait in the green Bugatti 1925

She was born in Warsaw but spend most of her artistic life in France and the US.  She married a Polish lawyer, moved to Saint Petersburg before travelling to Paris.


Girl with Gloves 1929

Her style is late Cubism merged with Neoclassical.  She studied painting with French Cubist Andre Lhote and Maurice Denis who was associated with Les Nabis which was then a symbolist movement.


Portrait of a man or Mr Tadeusz De Lempicki 1928

Between the wars, she was an active member of the Parisian art scene and became the mistress of Baron Raoul Kuffner who was a wealthy art collector.  She married him after the death of his wife in 1934 becoming known in the press as the ‘Baroness with a Brush’.

bbaron raoul kuffner


De Lempicka moved to the US in 1939 following the outbreak of WW11, painting portraits of celebrites and still lives.  In the 1960s she she painted some abstract paintings and her work became unfashionable.  However, she became popular once again in the 1960s owing to the rediscovery of Art Deco.


The Mother Superior 1935

She died in Mexico, where she had moved to in 1974 and her ashes were scattered over the Popocatepetl volcano.

Following the outbreak of World War II in 1939, she and her husband moved to the United States and she painted celebrity portraits, as well as still lifes and, in the 1960s, some abstract paintings. Her work was out of fashion after World War II, but made a comeback in the late 1960s, with the rediscovery of Art Deco. She moved to Mexico in 1974, where she died in 1980. At her request, her ashes were scattered over the Popocatépetl volcano.


PS There’s  a new poem over on Bookstains

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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday Tamara de Lempicka!”

  1. Have always loved her work… phenomenal!

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