ArtThatFits Blog » Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence


Tamara de Lempicka (1889 – 1980) was the leading female artist of her day, and quite possibly the most famous artist of the Art Deco period. She was glamorous, eccentric, talented and rich (she made her first $million by age 28).

“M. Tadeusz Lempicki” is one of the many Lempicka paintings on exhibit at the Palace of Fine Arts (or Palacio de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City since June 5th. On display are 48 paintings, 15 works on paper and 21 photographs that come from private collections in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, United States and Mexico. Even Jack Nicholson’s collection has been included in the show.

“Although Tamara was a citizen of the world, at the end of her life, she found a refuge for her last years in Mexico.” As historian Fabienne Bradu noted, “She fled her entire life, from exile to exile, eventually choosing Mexico as the last stage of her journey and life,” she said.

At Christie’s May 6th auction, Lempicka’s “Portrait de Madame M” set a new world auction record for her work when it sold for $6,130,500.

And at Sotheby’s May auction, 3 of the top 10 sellers were Lempicka’s: at $4.8, $4.4 and $2.9 million.

If you’ve caught the bug, like I have, and wish to learn more about Tamara de Lempicka, read her biography, by Laura Claridge: Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence.


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