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Tamara de Lempicka by Patrick Bade

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By Patrick Bade

The easily steel images, nudes and nonetheless lifes of Tamara de Lempicka encapsulate the spirit of paintings Deco and the Jazz Age, and mirror the stylish and hedonistic way of life of a prosperous, glamorous and privileged elite in Paris among the 2 global Wars. Combining an impressive classical procedure with components borrowed from Cubism, de Lempicka's paintings represented the last word in trendy modernity whereas in retrospect for proposal to such grasp portraitists as Ingres and Bronzino. This ebook celebrates the graceful and streamlined fantastic thing about her most sensible paintings within the Twenties and 30s. It lines the intense lifestyles tale of this gifted and glamorous lady from flip of the century Poland and Tsarist Russia, via to her wonderful years in Paris and the lengthy years of decline and overlook in the USA, till her positive rediscovery within the Nineteen Seventies while her photos won iconic prestige and world-wide recognition.

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Happily she lived long enough to enjoy her rediscovery in the 1990s, dying at the advanced age of 94 in 1993. Laserstein’s neo-realist style lacks the superficial trappings of modernism adopted by de Lempicka. Her sober and immaculate technique is closer to that of the nineteenth century realist Wilhelm Leibl than any of her avant-garde Berlin contemporaries. Though the female nude was one of her principal subjects, her work lacks the obvious loucheness of de Lempicka and indeed of her fellow Berlin neo realists Otto Dix and Christian Schad.

Anyone visiting a fleamarket can pick up 1930s mass produced objects in industrial materials such as bakelite and chromed metal that are as sleek and aesthetically satisfying as the most luxurious products of Page 48 the period. The mass produced objects of the art nouveau period always looked like shabby and The Green Turban, 1929. cheap imitations of expensively handcrafted pieces. But in an interesting reversal, the most Oil on panel, 41 x 33 cm, prestigious and expensive craftsmen of the Art Deco period such as the ebonist Jacques-Emile Private Collection.

He was young, he was handsome. I said to him: “Monsieur, I am an artist and I need a model for my painting. ” And he said “Of course, Madame. I am myself an artist. ” We made arrangements. ” “In the nude” He took off his things and folded them neatly on the chair, placing his big revolver on the top. I set him on the podium and then called my model. “You are Adam and here is your Eve” I said’. It is worth pausing at this point to compare de Lempicka with two other woman painters of the period with a specifically lesbian sensibility – the American Romaine Brooks and the German Jewish Lotte Laserstein.

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