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Tamara de Lempicka – La Polonaise

Tamara de Lempicka, La Polonaise is an original Aquatint and Etching made in 1933.  It is signed and numbered in pencil from the edition of 200.

Tamara de Lempicka (whose birth name is Maria Gorska) was born on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland to a Russian Jewish lawyer, Boris Gurwik-Gorski, and a Polish socialite, Malvina Decler. She was exposed to the arts early on, and began painting when she was 10, at which point she created a portrait of her younger sister. After a brief time in boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, the young artist went to live with her grandmother in Italy, where she discovered the work of Italian Renaissance painters.

At age 16, she fell in love and married a Polish lawyer named Tadeusz de Lempicka. Shortly after their lavish wedding in St Petersburg, he was arrested by officials from the new Bolshevik government, but was freed after Lempicka convinced his captors to release him. The young couple then fled the Russian Revolution and relocated in Paris, where she studied art under Maurice Denis and André Lhote. Here, Lempicka quickly became part of the Parisian avant-garde scene alongside Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and André Gide. She rejected the Impressionist painters of the time who she thought painted with “dirty” colors. In contrast, she decided her own style would be vivid, clean, and elegant. She once said, “My goal is never to copy, but to create a new style, clear luminous colors and feel the elegance of the models.”

Title

La Polonaise

Alt. Title

The Polish Girl

Medium

Etching Aquatint

Year

1933

Edition

200

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 18 x 15 (in)
46 x 38 (cm)
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Tamara de Lempicka, La Polonaise is an original Aquatint and Etching made in 1933.  It is signed and numbered in pencil from the edition of 200.

Tamara de Lempicka (whose birth name is Maria Gorska) was born on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland to a Russian Jewish lawyer, Boris Gurwik-Gorski, and a Polish socialite, Malvina Decler. She was exposed to the arts early on, and began painting when she was 10, at which point she created a portrait of her younger sister. After a brief time in boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, the young artist went to live with her grandmother in Italy, where she discovered the work of Italian Renaissance painters.

At age 16, she fell in love and married a Polish lawyer named Tadeusz de Lempicka. Shortly after their lavish wedding in St Petersburg, he was arrested by officials from the new Bolshevik government, but was freed after Lempicka convinced his captors to release him. The young couple then fled the Russian Revolution and relocated in Paris, where she studied art under Maurice Denis and André Lhote. Here, Lempicka quickly became part of the Parisian avant-garde scene alongside Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and André Gide. She rejected the Impressionist painters of the time who she thought painted with “dirty” colors. In contrast, she decided her own style would be vivid, clean, and elegant. She once said, “My goal is never to copy, but to create a new style, clear luminous colors and feel the elegance of the models.”

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Title

La Polonaise

Alt. Title

The Polish Girl

Medium

Etching Aquatint

Year

1933

Edition

200

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 18 x 15 (in)
46 x 38 (cm)
Price Price on Request