11/25/2013

Tamara de Lempicka



Tamara Gorska was born in Warsaw in 1898
the daughter of a wealthy family.

She married Tadeusz Lempicki in 1916.
Notwithstanding the ghastly conditions
being suffered by the mass of the Russian
people, the Lenpickys were living a life 
of luxury. Following the October Revolution
Tamara and her husband emigrate to Paris 
where she takes painting lessons from
Andre Lhote.

The Gallerie Collete Weil sells her first 
paintings .

1925 The first Art Deco exhibition is in 
Paris. Tamara makes a name for herself as an art deco artist.
American fashions magazines like Harper's Bazaar begin to notice her.

Her daughter Kizette goes to Italy to study the classical masterpieces with Tamara. Marquis Sommi Picenardi becomes her lover. Tamara meets Gabriel d'Annunzio , currently number one novelist, dramatist and lover.

In 1927 'Kizette on the balcony' wins the first prize of the 
Exposition Internationale des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux.

1929 Voyage to America. Tamara continues to work during the 
Grate Financial Crisis, her works are exhibited in various Paris galleries.

1933 Getting married to Baron Kuffner. 
Exhibitions in America and Paris.

She moves to Houston in 1963 to be close to her daughter.

1974 She moves to Guernavaca in Mexico.

1980 Tamara de Lempicka dies in her sleep on 14th of March.
Following her mother's wish Kizzete scatters her ashes over
the crater of Mt. Popocatepetl.

Ambiguous, yes. Free, absolutely. A legend, without a doubt.

Tamara de Lempicka, le belle Polonaise, the star of the interwar
years, had all that it took to symbolize her era.

Love, K.