Parisian Stroll #18– Tamara de Lempicka, The Queen of Art Deco

…For my inspiration…I liked to go out in the evenings… and have a good-looking man tell me how beautiful I am or how great an artist I am –and he touches my hand … I loved it!- I needed that. – Tamara de Lempicka

Text: Christina Zikou


What I love about Paris is that you can find everything you want if you just wander around the streets. In the blink of an eye, you may come across a fascinating exhibition that will add a fashionable touch to your day. Mine was enriched by the artistic complex of 5000 square meters of La Pinacothèque de Paris which welcomes the artwork signed by one of the icons of the Art Deco movement and major fashion influencers, Tamara de Lempicka.

La Pinacothèque de Paris

Self Portrait III circa 1974-1979

Born in Poland in 1989, de Lempicka was exposed to the art of Italian masters while spending the winter with her grandmother in Italy and the French Riviera. Spoiled with luxury, clothes and travel, she fell in love and married to lawyer Taduesz Lempicki at the age of 16. Following the Russian Revolution, the couple settled in Paris where Tamara’s wonderful journey began.

The Kiss circa 1922

Two Girlfriends circa 1924

Portrait of the Duchess of Valmy circa 1924

After having studied art at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Montparnasse, she started showing her work at various galleries in Paris and her work was shown at the Salon des Femmes Artistes Modernes in 1924. One year later, she had her first major exhibition in Milan.

Portrait of the Duchess of La Salle circa 1925

Portrait of Prince Eristoff circa 1925

The Orange Scarf, second cover for the German fashion magazine Die Dame circa 1927

De Lempicka moved to the United States after having divorced her husband and married the Baron Raoul Kuffner. She then moved to Beverly Hills and New York City, where she started using palette knives and changed her style to abstract. Following her husband’s death, she moved to Mexico where she passed away in 1980.

The Green Turban circa 1929

The Sleeping Girl circa 1930

Young Lady with a Beret I circa 1971

Tamara’s sensuality, eroticism and transgressive sexuality contributed to the women’s taste for emancipation during the Roaring Twenties. Her lifestyle, a form of worldliness and creative freedom of thought is expressed through her very particular style reflecting the essence of Art Deco and inspiring the fashion universe up to this day.

Florence Welch photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel S/S 2012

Madonna photographed by Steven Meisel for Louis Vuitton]


*The exhibition Tamara de Lempicka, The Queen of Art Deco runs until September 8th at La Pinacothèque de Paris, 8 rue Vignon 75009 Paris. For more information, please check the official website

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