This is a great year for art in Warsaw and Poland, a Tamara Łempicka exhibition will start on September 17th at the Villa la Fleur Museum in Konstancinie-Jeziornie (20 km South-East Warsaw) (From 17.09.2022 to 17.12.2022 – more information here). A larger exhibition of some thirty of his best-known works began on September 9 at the National Museum in Kraków. (From 09.09.2022 to 12.03.2023 – more information here).
Born Maria Górska, Tamara Łempicka was born in Warsaw on May 16, 1898. She lived the first years of her life between the cities of St. Petersburg, Warsaw, and Lausanne in Switzerland. Held back by the First World War in St. Petersburg, she enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 16. In 1916, she married Polish lawyer Tadeusz Łempicki, but, the October Revolution radically changed the course of her life. She fled via Denmark (Copenhagen) before reaching Paris, where she was welcomed by cousins, also in exile.
She began a career as a painter and enrolled at the ‘Académie Ranson’, and the ‘Académie de la Grande Chaumière’ where she affirmed her ‘Art Deco’ style.
Her career took off in 1925, following an exhibition in Milan.
Back in France, she integrated and took part in the cultural, artistic, and social life of the capital. Her models were great names such as André Gide, and Suzy Solidor.
She settled in her house-workshop located at the ‘n°7 rue Méchain’ in the 14th Arrondissement, today registered as a monument.
She travelled to New York for the first time following a commission from Rufus Bush, several paintings including studies of skyscrapers. She exhibited simultaneously in Poland, in Poznań, in Paris in four salons and at the Colette Weil gallery, and in the United States, at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.
Following her divorce in 1928 and her remarriage to Baron Raoul Kuffner, due to a lack of desire and inspiration, her achievements were much rarer (she painted nearly 150 paintings between 1925 and 1935).
In 1939, at the dawn of the Second World War, out of fear of the events to come, she decided to move to the United States where exhibitions were held in New York and San Francisco, with Paul Reinhardt and Julien Lévy.
Like many artists, her work fell into oblivion for several decades before being rediscovered in the 1970s. She died on March 18th, 1980 at the age of 81 in the city of Cuernavaca in Mexico.
Madonna paid tribute to him twice, the first time in the video ‘Open Your Heart’ (1986) with the painting ‘Andromeda (The Slave), and ‘Vogue’ (1990)
Josiane Maryse Pividal one of the greatest fashion designers and perfume creators, chose the name Lolita Lempicka as a tribute to Tamara Łempicka whose work she admired (She gave the same name to one of her lavender-colored, apple-shaped perfumes, which is still popular today).
Interesting video to know more about Tamara de Łempicka