Style Inspiration: Tamara de Lempicka


There are few instances where fashion and art merge as seamlessly as in the work of Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. Known for her portraits of strikingly beautiful women (and men), de Lempicka mastered the concept of economy of line- neither the faces of her subjects nor their clothing was ever excessively rendered or overwrought. Her female subjects exuded a slight air of remote passivity, but maintained control of their situation and of the composition. What I have always loved most about these paintings is their specific brand of melancholy: a kind of luxe moodiness. The subjects are chic and their clothes are meant to be well-constructed without being ostentatious. They could have been fashion illustrations from the 30’s and they could be ad campaigns now. It goes without saying that de Lempicka herself was gorgeous and really did look like the woman driving the green Bugatti. ¬†Above: Irene and Her Sister, 1925


Portrait of Marquis Sommi, 1925


Young Lady with Gloves, 1930


Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti, 1925



Sharing Secrets, 1928

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3 thoughts on “Style Inspiration: Tamara de Lempicka

  1. knieling2012 says:

    timeless and very enjoyable viewing

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