La Dormeuse by Tamara de Lempicka | Oil Painting Reproduction
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La Dormeuse
Artist: Tamara de Lempicka
Size: 62 x 75 cm (24.4 x 29.5")
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La Dormeuse by Tamara de Lempicka was painted in 1930 and it is a truly unique and attention-grabbing artwork.

De Lempicka's striking portrayals of women have consequently become some of the most famous Art Deco paintings of the age.

Lempicka’s unique style of monumental realism brought the artist significant critical acclaim, celebrity and wealth. Her oil on canvas paintings revolutionized European art and perceptions of female sensuality.

Despite this, the paintings also reference the darker sides of European glamor and the gradual rise of fascist rationalism during the interwar period.

La Dormeuse Tamara de Lempicka: An Introduction

The painting represents a young woman, with ruby red lipstick and scarlet nail varnish asleep in a reclined position. Her crimson lips rest against her forearm whilst her golden hair gently curls around her serene face. Sensual, bold and ultra-stylized, it’s a highly suggestive and striking artwork.

Born in Poland but raised in St Petersburg, Russia, Lempicka came to Paris in 1918. Here, she cultivated a glamorous artistic persona, exhibiting her work in the prestigious Parisian Salon.

Tamara de Lempicka paintings were thoroughly unique. Unlike the creations of her male contemporaries (often working within the Post-Impressionist and Surrealist movements), Lempicka’s figures are highly controlled, often with a geometric aesthetic.

Partly inspired by the Cubist movement and the work of Picasso, Lempicka frequently employed theatrical modeling, semi-abstracted forms and stark lighting.

What inspired Tamara de Lempicka paintings?

Lempicka’s La Dormeuse is sumptuous and intimate. As a highly sensual depiction of a sleeping woman, it demonstrates Lempicka’s deeply physical inspiration.

Every single curve of the woman’s flesh shines with carefully laid brushstrokes. Her hair glows with a metallic sheen, as if the figure basks in the light of the moon.

This metallic and machine atmosphere references Lempicka’s work with artists from Weimar Germany. The hyper-realism of the “Neue Sachlichkeit” school was thus a deep influence. Lempicka’s fascination with the Italian Renaissance Old Masters also formed a significant inspiration.

During a trip to Italy with her grandmother, Lempicka discovered Botticelli, Raphael and Bronzino. She fell in love with the Mannerist style, particularly admiring these painters’ carefully rendered skin tones and stylized compositions.

More contemporary inspirations also came from the mystique of Hollywood glamor. The platinum haired woman represented in this painting evokes 1930s movie posters depicting seductive screen legends such as Greta Garbo, Loretta Young and Claudette Colbert.

What are some Tamara de Lempicka famous art deco paintings?

Tamara de Lempicka frequently depicted strong female nudes in her Art Deco paintings. She returned to this theme throughout her career, most notably with oil paintings such as Andromeda, Reclining Nude and Beautiful Rafaela.

Tamara de Lempicka's Adam and Eve is a notable religious oil painting, which was completed in 1932. The painting eptomizes the Art Deco period with a background of skyscrapers of the period.

The original de Lempick artwork is now held in a Private Collection. In 1994 the painting was sold for almost $2m by Barbra Streisand as part of the sale of her Art Deco and Nouveau Collection.

Each of these paintings demonstrates the classical Art Deco characteristics of stylized, symmetrical and often elongated forms. Reaching its peak between 1925 and 1935, Art Deco referenced Cubism, Futurism and the German Bauhaus movement. It exploded in 1920s Paris, just at the moment Tamara de Lempicka’s art gained traction.

Tamara de Lempicka artwork can be enjoyed from our extensive catalogue of oil paintings on canvas.

Art Deco Paintings by Tamara de Lempicka; one of the world’s most famous female artists

Tamara de Lempicka was a Polish born artist famous for her art-deco portrait paintings of the rich and famous of her era, as well as for some still life paintings and stylized nudes.

De Lempicka was born in Warsaw to a rich Polish family, but moved to study in Paris working with Maurice Denis, in a refined Cubist and neoclassical style. She exhibited in Paris and her paintings were featured by the American magazine Harper’s Bazaar, which gave her a breakthrough into popularity.

Her most famous painting, Auto portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) was painted for the German magazine Die Dame, and was the front cover. De Lempicka traveled to the United States first in 1939 following the outbreak of World War II and spent her life with her second husband, the Baron Kuffner, between Hollywood and New York City.

Following the death of her husband she moved to live in Mexico, joined by her daughter Kizette who looked after her mother in later years. Tamara de Lempicka died in Mexico in 1980.

Arlette Boucard with Arums was painted in 1931 whilst Beautiful Rafaela was painted earlier in her career in 1917.

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