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Tamara De Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  4 reviews
An icon of the Jazz Age, Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka lived a life well worth recording. Until now, however, no one has written the story of this woman of extraordinary talent and notoriety. She was a great beauty, an aristocratic refugee of the Russian Revolution, and a frankly erotic painter who insisted upon Renaissance aesthetics, figuration, and painterly craft...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 21st 1999 by Crown Publications
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Annette
Aug 11, 2007 Annette rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Painter
An eccentric "Art Deco Painter". Born into a wealthy Polish family. She'd party all night, sleep with women, then come home to her husband & child, and paint all morning. She had a decadent lifestyle. Best Biography I've ever read. My favorite Artist.
Linda Robinson
De Lempicka's work is extraordinary; her life wildly artistic.

"The sky-high prices attached to her canvases in recent years have still not dispelled the suspicions that a woman of Lempicka's glamour and fame could be a truly serious artist."

Really? Does the same criteria apply to Picasso?

"She [sic:] was determined to embody that icon of the age, the new woman."

I sort of thought she was one.

Question: What is a biographer's responsibility to her subject?

I'm reminded of the line from the movie "Pr...more
Nikki
What a fantastic reminder that we're all on the verge of being stark raving mad. Also, made me terribly thankful to be a woman living in the west in 2013 and not in 1920.
Jason
real sexy paintings, but boring book
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