Tamara was born in 1898 in Warsaw and educated in Switzerland. The Diva of Deco and Decadence, Lempicka's life of 82 years was one of exhausting worldliness. She hated all that was mediocre or bourgeois. She felt she deserved everything which came her way and was interested only in those she considered the better class — aristocrats, the intellectual elite and the rich — the people who had the discretionary income in 1941 for
paintings such as Calla Lilies.
Lempicka associated only
| those who could help her or
feed her ego. "I live on the fringe of society, and the rules of normal society have no currency for those on the fringe."
Lempicka first made a name for herself at the Art Deco Exhibition in Paris in 1925. "I was the
first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of
my success. From a hundred pictures, mine will always
stand out. And so the galleries began to hang my work in
their best rooms, always in the middle, because my
painting was attractive. It was precise. It was 'finished'."
After a number of affairs with
more than a few wealthy and powerful patrons, in 1933 she divorced her first husband,
Tadeusz, and married Baron Raoul Kuffner. Six years later they moved to
the United States. Although her output decreased, she enjoyed a number of exclusive exhibitions at the Paul Reinhart Gallery, Julian Levy's, Courvoisier Galleries, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art. It was during this period she painted
Calla Lilies, Adam and Eve as well as Key and Hand.
In 1960 she changed her style from art deco
to abstract art and began creating art works with a spatula. When the Baron died in1962 she more or less ended her career. She died in Mexico in 1980.
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