"Portrait of Marquis Sommi" 1925, oil on canvas, private collection.     "Kizette on the Balcony" 1927, oil on canvas, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris.     "High Summer" 1928, oil on wood, private collection.     "The Girls" 1928, oil on canvas, private collection.     "Portrait of Prince Eristoff" 1925, oil on canvas, private collection.     "Spring" 1928, oil on panel, private collection.    Tamara de Lempicka,  Romana de la Salle 1929


Italian Version


Tamara De Lempicka:


 The 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.

First marriage
 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.
Her art
 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 the spatula.
 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.

First sales

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.

Personal exhibitions

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.

Second marriage

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.


"Portrait of Madame M." 1930, oil on canvas, private collection.    "The Young Ladies" 1927, oil on wood, private collection.    "Portrait of Tadeusz de Lempicki (Portrait of the Artist's Husband)" unfinished, 1928, oil on canvas, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris.    "St. Moritz" 1929, oil on wood, Musée d'Orléans.    "Mother Superior 1939"  oil on canvas 22x27cm, Nantes, Musee des Beuax-Arts.    "Sleeping Woman" 1935, oil on canvas, private collection    "Girl with Gloves" 1929, oil on canvas, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

SEE ALSO:  Leonardo's biography Leonardo da Vinci      Picasso's biography Pablo Picasso      Cezanne biography Paul Cézanne   Raffaello's biography. Raffaello Sanzio



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