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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Artist Research (Tamara de Lempicka)

Tamara de Lempicka was not actually a badass motherfucker, she was just a very nice lady who liked to paint pictures of really oddly modeled smooth people. But for what it's worth, she was the first It Girl of the art world. Born into a fabulously wealthy Polish family, she attended prestigious boarding schools and married a lady-killer before they had to FLEE THE COUNTRY on account of the Russian Revolution, because the peasants were pissed that her family had money.
Her style has been referred to as 'soft cubism', and it kind of fits. She thought a lot of the Impressionists were shitty artists and used ugly colors, so her paintings always employ smooth, clean lines and clear, almost luminous colors. Lempicka was bisexual, and often caused something of a stir on account of her relationships with men and women. Her husband ended up divorcing her (DERP DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING) in 1928. Although she did have a daughter (Kizette) the relationship between the two was somewhat strained, with Kizette spending much of her childhood in the care of her grandmother or away at boarding school. In 1962, after her remarriage to the Baron Kuffner, she developed a new style using the palette knife rather than a paintbrush, but her new work was not well received and she became determined to never show her work again (WHAT A BITCH PSHH GET OVER YOURSELF LADY AMIRITE). She died in 1980, at the age of 82.

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