Sunday, February 13, 2011

Polish Tamara de Lempicka 1898–1980 Paints Herself & Others



Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Self Portrait 1925

Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980), a Polish Art Deco painter, was born Maria Górska in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a wealthy Polish lawyer, & amp; her mother, the former Malvina Decler, was a Polish socialite Noted.


Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia Mexico from 1898 to 1980) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Blue 1930


Maria attended boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland. She spent the winter of 1911 with her grandmother in Italy & amp; the French Riviera, where she saw historic Italian painting. In 1912, her parents divorced; & Amp; Mary went to live with her wealthy Aunt Stefa in St. Petersberg, Russia. When her mother remarried, she Became determined to break away to a life of her own.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Duchess de la Salle

In 1913, at the age of 15, while attending the opera, Maria spotted the man she Became determined to marry. She promoted her campaign through her well-connected uncle & amp; in 1916 she married Tadeusz Lempicka in St. Petersburg; a well-known ladies man, gadabout, & amp; lawyer, who was tempted by her significant dowry.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) High-Summer

In 1917. During the Russian Revolution, Tadeusz was arrested in the dead of night by the Bolsheviks. Maria searched the prisons for him & amp; after several weeks, with the help of the Swedish consul, she secured His release. The couple Traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark then London, England & amp; finally to Paris, France, where Maria's family had anche escaped, along with Numerous upper-class Russian refugees. There she gave birth to her daughter Kizette de Lempicka, & amp; she painted.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Woman in Yellow

For her first major show, in Milan, Italy in 1925, de Lempicka painted 28 new works in 6 months. She was soon the most fashionable portrait painter of her generation among the haute bourgeoisie & amp; aristocracy, painting duchesses & amp; grand dukes & amp; socialites.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska)


In 1929, she painted her iconic work Auto-Portrait (Tamara in the Green Bugatti) for the cover of the German fashion magazine Die Dame. De Lempicka won her first major award in 1927, 1st prize at the Exposition Internationale de Beaux Arts in Bordeaux, France for her portrait of her daughter Kizette on the Balcony.


Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) ( Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) The Telephone

During the Roaring 20s, obsessed with her ​​work & amp; her frenetic social life, de Lempicka neglected blackberries than her husband; she rarely saw her daughter. When Kizette was not away at boarding school (France or England), the girl was with her ​​grandmother Malvina Often.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia Mexico from 1898 to 1980) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Portrait of Ira

​​The Great Depression had little effect on the artist; in the early 1930s she was painting, as museums Began to collect her works. In 1933, she Traveled to Chicago where she worked with Georgia O'Keeffe, Santiago Martínez Delgado & amp; Willem de Kooning. Her social position was cemented; When She married her newly widowed lover, Baron Kuffner.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Kizette Communion

In the summer of 1939, Tamara & amp; the Baron started an "extended vacation" in the United States. She immediately arranged for a show of her work in New York, though the Baron & amp; Baroness chose to settle in Beverly Hills, California, where she Became a favorite artist of Hollywood stars.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia Mexico from 1898 to 1980) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Polish Girl

She Did war relief work, like many others at the time; & Amp; Kizette she managed to get out of Nazi-occupied Paris, via Lisbon, in 1941. In 1943, the couple relocated to New York City. Even though she continued to live in style, socializing continuously, her popularity as a society painter had diminished greatly.

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Kizette on the Balcony

The couple Traveled to Europe frequently to visit fashionable spas & amp; for the Baron to attend to Hungarian refugee work . Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) The Bretonne After Baron Kuffner's death from a heart attack in 1962, she sold most of her possessions & amp; Made 3 round-the-world luxury cruises. Finally De Lempicka moved to Houston, Texas, to be with Kizette & amp; her family. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Arlette Boucard In 1978 Tamara moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico, to live among an aging international set & amp; some of the younger aristocrats. After Kizette's husband died of cancer, she attended her mother for three months; until Tamara died on March 19, 1980. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Woman in Green Before she died, a new generation discovered her art & amp; greeted it with enthusiasm. A 1973 retrospective drew positive responses. At the time of her death, her early Art Deco paintings were being shown & amp; Purchased once again. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia Mexico from 1898 to 1980) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Woman in Blue Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska ) Jeune Fille Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) The Eclat Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Madame M Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Woman in Red Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) St . Moritz Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Woman in Pink Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) potrait d 'Evelyne P. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Portrait de Marjorie Ferry, 1932. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) ( Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) At The Opera, 1941. Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Arlette Boucard aux Arums, 1931 Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) The Telephone II, 1930 .

































Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Portrait of Mada

Tamara de Lempicka (Polish Art Deco artist, Russia 1898-1980 Mexico) (Tamara Rosalia Gurwik-Gorska) Self Portrait