Item description for Tamara de Lempicka by Alain Blondel...
Tamara de Lempicka's distinctive painting style was as glamorous as her subject matter-the writers, aristocrats, artists, and entertainers of Paris in the age of Art Deco. Born in Poland, De Lempicka (1898-1980) created highly mannered portraits using a trademark combination of soft, rounded forms set against architectural lines and shapes, reflecting the new sophisticated urbanity of her sitters. Capturing the nascent modernist spirit, her bold technique and palette rapidly won her acclaim as the quintessential Art Deco artist.
This book, published to accompany an exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts, concentrates on this extraordinary artist's most productive and recognized period, between 1922 and 1935, during which time her brand of Synthetic Cubism brilliantly captured the atmosphere of wealth and decadence for which Paris had become famous. Some 60 major works, superbly reproduced in lush color, confirm De Lempicka's reputation as one of the most iconic painters of her generation, and establish her place within the modern movement.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.57" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.87" Weight: 2.51 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Royal Academy Books
ISBN 1903973422 ISBN13 9781903973424
Reviews - What do customers think about Tamara de Lempicka?
Excellent Career Retrospective Oct 10, 2004
"Tamara de Lempicka: Art Deco Icon" is the companion book for the 2004-05 exhibitions of her work at the Royal Academy in London and the Kunstforum Wien in Vienna.
You'll usually find de Lempicka's work scattered about in various Art Deco collection books or exhibits, but a career retrospective on her impressive work and long, colorful, peripatetic life is truly a rare thing.
De Lempicka's slick style of portraiture embodied the glamor, style, modernity and sexuality of the Art Deco period that was fashionable during the inter-war years. Like Art Deco itself, her work fell out of favor during the 1940s and 50s, only to be resurrected in subsequent decades as the public's interest in the art of the inter-war period reemerged.
Compiling such an anthology is clearly a labor of love for the authors. Alain Blondel, Ingried Brugger and Tag Gronberg do an excellent job presenting and analyzing de Lempicka's portfolio, as well as illustrating her stature in the world of 20th Century art. De Lempicka's influences (Picasso, Lhote), her art, her loves, her vanity and her travels from czarist Warsaw to bohemian Paris to glamorous Hollywood are all discussed in these pages as well.
This book is a must-buy for de Lempicka enthusiasts and I also recommend it to anyone interested in Art Deco in general. It also makes a terrific gift for anyone interested in painting, particularly portrait painting.
Maybe I'm crazy May 30, 2003
I adore Tamara's work and have for years. I've read about her, but it was frustrating because the books all seemed to show the same handful of paintings over and over. I thought I was crazy spending this much money on a book (never spent this much before and will probably never spend this much again). But I've owned it now for a couple of years and I never regretted buying it! This book shows me the complete works of Tamara. I've looked at the pictures over and over. If you really like Tamara's work - ie: she is your all time favorite artist - then buy this book. Buy it at full price or buy it second hand (make sure all the pages are there). You'll see how she painted when she started out and how her work evolved until her death. I have been able to experience that process as a viewer with this book and that was what was important to me.