Tamara de Lempicka

Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Tanya has changed her icon/avatar/picture thingy with a Tamara de Lempicka print. Perhaps it's just me but she doesn't seem to get much recognition at least here in North America. I rarely see her prints anywhere and I have yet to find a book on her work. I was first introduced to her through a former university friend. I love the angles her subjects are put into, the wonderful geometric shapes and the fact that she paints "real" figures, not necessarily an "ideal" body shape. Enjoy.

Perhaps Candy and some of the other artistic types who visit could comment a bit more on her work.


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Tanya said...

de Lempicka was bisexual, apparently, and some of her paintings feature her lovers - male and female. She had a unique style of painting, creating a very smooth look and feel. I love her work. I am looking for a biography on her. She was most certainly an interesting character, said to have been married to a count or something.

* (asterisk) said...

I like this Cubist kinda style. Very nice. See, I shoulda been an art critic.

Candy Minx said...

She is an aincredible artist.

sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I had troubles commenting, lost some comments and the blogger system was down for me the last two days.

There was a very trendy play about her in Manhattan in the 80's. It was interactive where the audience roamed around a house and could talk to the actors and performers if I remember correctly. I kow Madonna has been influenced heavily by her work, in photos and she owns some.

Her paintings are powerful icons of the female form, instead of languid soft girls we have powerful athletic bodies and this is a huge perspective. She is considered art deco, but her work is much like Greek statues too.

Her portraits are still a major influence on clothing designers and make up trends and arts.

I shall keep my eyes open for some of her prints okay? Next time I'm at the art institute here okay?

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