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ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, WATCHED, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags ART, blog anniversary, blogging, books, DESIGN, tv on November 28, 2009 by echostains
WATCHED with tags biopic, books, enid blyton, helena bonham carter, tv on November 18, 2009 by echostains
This post has been moved over to my Bookstains blog here
ART, ART HISTORY, WATCHED with tags ART, art deco, artist, hollywood diva, madonna, tamara de lempicka, tv on October 28, 2009 by echostains
I watched this programme the other nights, wrote about it, then ‘lost’ the post! Art Deco artist, as she is often referred to, Tamara de Lempicka has always been a bit of a favourite of mine since I was at Uni. She has many fans, amongst them the artiste Madonna, a keen collector of her work. ‘The Baroness with a brush’ was born in Warsaw Poland (1898 – 1980) and enjoyed a privileged life as part of the St Petersburg Literati as a girl before she fled to Paris France with her first husband Tadeusz Lempicki to escape the Bolshevics.
Lempicka’s art was defined as being a kind of soft or synthetic cubism. Her images were glossy, elegant and emotionlessly chic like fashion photography in the magazines of the time; Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
Lempicka’s peak as a fashionable artist came roughly between 1922 – 35. After that, she seems to have lost her way a bit, embracing a new unconvincing sentimental style that just didn’t seem to work for her. She also flirted with abstraction, which also failed. Towards the end of her life though, there was a resurgence of interest in her art.
There has been much written about the artist’s personal life. She was a free spirit and notorious for her exploits. But she also supported herself with her art and was a very single minded independent woman too.
It is not my intention to retell the artist’s life story here, though it does make interesting reading. Amongst the many books written about her, I think Stefanie Pencks’ and ‘Tamara de Lempicka’ (Pegasus) and Gilles Neret ‘Lempicka’ (Taschen) are good books.
Lempicka’s paintings have been featured on Madonna’s music videos ‘Open your Heart’ 1987, ‘Vogue’ 1990 and ‘Express yourself’ 1989
See my other post about Lempicka HERE
For more Lempicka images, see HERE
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WATCHED with tags joan collins, make overs, tv on October 15, 2009 by echostains
I watched Joan Collins in ‘Joan Does Glamour’ the other night. This ITV programme was hilarious! What a legend this woman is! I think she looks good for her age. She certainly doesn’t believe that less is more does she. But I do like her approach to glamour and age. I didn’t agree with some of her tips (like an extra sharp eyebrow pencil..ouch!) and she can come across as a bit snobby at times, but I think that’s just the ‘luvvy’ in her. I don’t know,… these theatrical types lol! artistic license I suppose. She is great fun though!
But she’s right, why shouldn’t women look glamorous at any age. I know I wouldn’t be seen dead without my make up on (and don’t worry, I won’t be seen dead without my make up on, that will be arranged!!) Joan got to glamorise three generations of the Littlefair family from Plymouth (and made quite a good job of it, I thought). It was hilarious to see Joany in Primark, picking out loads of bargains for herself lol! “Fleeces belong on sheep!’ declared Joan dismissing these warm items and saying that every woman regardless of age, should have a black leather jacket in her wardrobe. (well I have Luvvy, but I’ve not worn it for years…) She is absolutely delighted that shoulder pads are coming back. I would be too (if I still had my waist… I would look like a cereal box now) I hope this programme is one of a series!
WATCHED with tags britains got talent, md showband, shaheen jafagholi, tv on May 27, 2009 by echostains