TAMARA DE LEMPICKA Polish 1898-1980 Graphite

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TAMARA DE LEMPICKA Polish 1898-1980 Graphite

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Graphite on paper.r Sketch of a lady. Signed and attr. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish, 1898-1980). 19.1 x 13 in. (48.5 x 33 cm). Tamara de Lempicka was a Polish painter known for her distinctive Cubism-influenced Art Deco style. In her many portraits of Hollywood stars and European aristocracy, her hallmark was the use of simplified tubular and angled forms as a means to render the figure and space, lending everything in her paintings the same tactile, metal-like quality. “My goal is never to copy,” the trailblazing artist declared, instead promising to “create a new style, clear luminous colors and feel the elegance of the models.” Born on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire) to a wealthy family, she fled to Paris during the 1917 Russian Revolution. While living in the French capitol throughout the 1920s, she became an integral part of the bohemian scene and was acquainted with Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Andre Gide. Today, her work is collected by many celebrities, including Madonna, Jack Nicholson, and Barbara Streisand. Lempicka died on March 18, 1980 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.