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With her couture clothes and movie-star good looks (she was frequently mistaken for Greta Garbo), Tamara de Lempicka seemed too glamorous to be a serious painter. Even in the years of her greatest success, 1925 to 1935, the luscious colors and highly wrought finishes of her portraits--a suspect genre in any case to high modernists--linked Lempicka more closely to the Itali ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 5th 2001 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Kitty
Dec 02, 2010 Kitty rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: art history students, art enthusiasts, fans of flappers
Shelves: art, bios-and-memoirs
Claridge has done her homework here to an astonishing degree. The amount of research put into pealing back the layers of time and mystery that have surrounded the life of one of the 20th century's most fascinating painters is incredible. This book should be on the shelf of any Lempicka fan if for no other reason than it debunks the most popular myths of the others books by so called "scholars" littering the same shelf left and right.

The writing in this is incredibly dense. There's just so much m
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Lindsey
How could this not be interesting? She was an aristocrat in Russia during the revolution, an odd man out in the Left Bank, in America for the stock market crash and then returned to Hollywood in the 1940s. Then she became a crazy old woman who mocked hippies and verbally abused her adult daughter. I was introduced to her through Camille Paglia's recent art book "Glittering Images." Unfortunately my library copy had all the illustrations torn out, but thank goodness for the internet.
Heather jameyson
The problem with this book is that it was billed as a biography. It's more of an art history book that somewhat focuses on Tamara De Limpicka but Claridge gets a little long winded with 10+pages on the history of Art-Deco etc in the middle of narrating Tamara's life and the result is really boring.
Conrad
Mar 29, 2010 Conrad marked it as to-read
Tamara de Lempicka could've painted sewage ducts and given me a boner.

She also had a really interesting life. I'd love to read this.

Annette
A very good book to do hommage to this outstanding artist without glorifying her. An excentric femme fatale, especially fascinating in the times of her limelight, les annes folles - Art Deco. She lived what she painted - beauty, sensuality, decadence.
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Since the early 1990s, Laura Claridge has authored several books, ranging from feminist theory to biography and popular culture of the 20th Century. Formerly an English professor, she has written Norman Rockwell: A Life (Random House/Modern Library 2001/2003) and Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence (Bloomsbury 2001/2003 [paperback] and Clarkson Potter/Crown/Random House 1999). Her bi ...more
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