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Simultaneously with her career as artist, Tamara de Lempicka pioneered a new image of life on the screen, evident in the new, self-confident woman and the changing ...
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Simultaneously with her career as artist, Tamara de Lempicka pioneered a new image of life on the screen, evident in the new, self-confident woman and the changing aspects of femininity and masculinity. The same sense of style was reflected in a futuristic cult of speed, domestic design forms promulgated by the Bauhaus, and the dandyism of a George Brummell. Tamara de Lempicka's best-known painting, Self-Portrait, or Tamara in a Green Bugatti, presents the artist as a female dandy brimming with cool elegance.
Whether as an Art-Deco artist, a post-Cubist or a Neoclasissist, de Lempicka struck the taste of a cosmopolitan (and wealthy) public that found its own image reflected in her work.
Posted March 20, 2010
I'm a big fan of the early 20th century and the cultural movements that occurred during this time. To that end, Lempicka, is a great companion book to any serious study of the time period. While it may not have many details beyond the artist's life, works, and social circles, it does a good job painting a picture of how the artist lived, and how her work was influenced by the cultural explosion that was occuring around her. The paintings themselves, while trending towards portraiture (and why shouldn't they, since most of her social movements were within society circles), show an artist with a high level of awareness of her historical counterparts and her contemporaries. Lempicka is a book about an artist that isn't quite at the forefront of art history teachings of the time period, but is essential to a greater and more wholistic understanding of the time period.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2010
I am afraid that I have a limited knowledge of women artists - even though I have a degree in art ed. I think this would be a great book to expand in another more dense book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.