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TAMARA LEMPICKA

TAMARA LEMPICKA

The leading female exponent of the Art Deco style of painting during the 1920s and 1930s in France, Tamara Lempicka was as strong-minded and independent as the female figures she depicted in her paintings.

During her lifetime, she was the image of the modern woman and one of the most sought-after portrait painters in Europe.

The painting Adam and Eve, one of the great icons of the artist’s work, was owned for many years by Barbra Streisand. Streisand, whose collection of Art Deco is legendary, was first introduced to Lempicka’s work in Paris where she felt an immediate connection to the artist and her bold representations.

Winchester Galleries is thrilled to have one of the limited-edition serigraphs on aluminum of the stunning Adam and Eve, along with five other iconic serigraphs by the artist – two of which are rare printer’s proofs (PP).

Tamara Lempicka was born in Warsaw on May 16, 1898. Her actual name was Maria Gorski, and she was the daughter of a bourgeois family. She marries the solicitor Tadeusz Lempicki in 1916 and lived with him in St. Petersburg. In 1918 they fled the October Revolution to Paris. During her adolescence, she was taught painting. In Paris, she attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière where she took classes with Maurice Denis at first and later with André Lhote, who influenced her the most.

Lempicka began to work as an artist and exhibit her work. The Paris art scene offered her the opportunity to connect with Paris's upper class. Her first solo exhibition took place in Milan in 1925. Her paintings captured the Art Déco atmosphere. She made numerous portraits of members of the upper class and also nude drawings that lived up to the erotic desires of those days.

Lempicka was ambitious and determined to be successful and part of the Parisian high society. Her career reached its peak at around 1935.

Together with her second husband, Baron Kuffner, she emigrated to Beverly Hills and became one of Hollywood's most popular painters. The couple moved to New York in 1943. Lempicka returned to Paris for several short visits after World War II and then moved to Houston, Texas after her husband's death in 1962. She finally moved to Cuernavaca in Mexico where she died on March 18, 1980.

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