Tamara De Lempicka:
artist was born in Warsaw in 1898 and died peacefully in her sleep on
March 18th 1980. As she had wished, her daughter Kizette scattered her
ashes on the crater of the Popocatepet volcano.
The artist married a young lawyer of St. Petersburg named Tadeusz Lempicki in
1916, in the Knights of Malta Chapel in St. Petersburg. She lived in a wealthy
society with a very high life style, but the family received a severe blow
during the October revolution. They moved to Paris, where her daughter Kizette
was born. After some problems, she and her husband divorced in 1928.
Around the ‘twenties she began taking painting lessons from Andrè Lhote. Her
preferences were of still life compositions and portraits of her young daughter.
In 1960 the artist’s style turned toward abstract art, and she started to use
In 1911 she travelled with her grandmother to Italy where she perceived her
immense passion for art. In 1925 she brought her daughter to Italy to study the
masterpieces of classical art, and met the most famous playwright and
philanderer in Europe Gabriele D’Annunzio.
At the Colette Weill Gallery she had the satisfaction of selling her
first pictures. She also made contact with the Salon des Indèpendants,
the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans.
In 1925 her first Art Decò exhibition was organised in Paris , at the
Salon des Tuilleries and at the Salon des femmes Peintres. From 1931 to
1939 many of her works were exhibited in various Parisian Galleries . In
1939 a personal exhibition was organised at the Paul Reinart gallery in
Los Angeles, and in 1973 the Galerie du Luxembourg in Paris organised a
retrospective exhibition of her works.
In 1928 the artist became acquainted with an important collector of her
works – Baron Raoul Kuffner, with whom she had a strong affectionate
bond, following him across the ocean. The two were married in 1933,
although the artist only accepted after receiving approval from her
mother. In 1943 the couple moved to New York. Her second husband died of
a heart attack in 1962 and she fell into a serious state of depression.