By Patrick Bade
The easily metal photos, nudes and nonetheless lifes of Tamara de Lempicka encapsulate the spirit of paintings Deco and the Jazz Age, and mirror the based and hedonistic lifestyle 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 on reflection for idea to such grasp portraitists as Ingres and Bronzino. This booklet celebrates the graceful and streamlined fantastic thing about her top paintings within the Nineteen Twenties and 30s. It lines the intense existence tale of this gifted and glamorous girl from flip of the century Poland and Tsarist Russia, via to her excellent years in Paris and the lengthy years of decline and forget in the US, until eventually her successful rediscovery within the Nineteen Seventies whilst her pix received iconic prestige and world-wide recognition.
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Qxp 11/11/2005 12/6/2005 8:22 8:37 AM Page AM Page 34 34 The Life Page 34 Nude with Sailboats, 1931. 5 cm, Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, New York. qxp 11/10/2005 12/6/2005 3:40 8:37 PM Page AM Page 35 35 Early Life Page 35 The Two Girlf riends, 1930. Oil on panel, 73 x 38 cm, Private Collection. qxp 12/14/2005 12/6/2005 4:02 8:37 PM Page AM Page 37 37 Early Life Page 36-37 Nude on a Terrace, 1925. 5 cm, Private Collection. qxp 11/10/2005 12/14/2005 3:40 PM 9:04 Page AM 38 Page 38 The Life If the artist de Lempicka did not spring to life fully formed and fully armed like Athena from the head of Zeus as she would have us believe, the gestation period of her mature art was remarkably short – lasting two or three years at most.
Lady Una sports that badge of inter-war lesbianism – a monocle. Lotte Laserstein was an exact contemporary of de Lempicka, born in 1898 in a small East Prussian town now incorporated into Poland. In the 1920s Laserstein lived in Berlin, probably the only city more tolerant of deviance from sexual norms than Paris. The trajectory of Laserstein’s career went in tandem with that of de Lempicka – a period of brilliance from the mid 1920s to 1933 – exile in the late 30s followed by neglect and artistic decline and finally by belated discovery.
Oil on canvas, both combined elements of realism with decorative stylisation. The roots of Brooks’ style are in 81 x 60 cm, Mrs. Àntonia the Belle Époque and the Art Nouveau style rather than in the Jazz Age Moderne of de Schulman’s Collection, New York. Lempicka. qxp 11/10/2005 12/6/2005 3:46 8:37 PM Page AM Page 64 64 The Life Page 64 Irene and Her Sister, 1925. , New York. qxp 11/10/2005 12/6/2005 3:46 8:37 PM Page AM Page 65 65 Art Deco Brooks’ portrait of Una, Lady Troubridge and de Lempicka’s of the Marquise de La Salle – two icons of 1920s lesbianism painted within a year of one another in 1924 and 1925.