Tamara de Lempicka
Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti, 1925, oil on wood, private collection.
Tamara de Lempicka was a Polish Art Deco painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star.” Her distinctive and bold artistic style developed quickly (influenced most probably by “soft cubism”) and epitomized the cool yet sensual side of the Art Deco movement. She thought that many of the Impressionists drew “badly” and employed “dirty” colors. De Lempicka’s technique would be novel, clean, precise, and elegant. She became one of the most fashionable portrait painters of her generation among the aristocracy, painting duchesses and grand dukes and socialites. Through her network of friends, she was able to display her paintings in the most elite salons of the era.