Tamara de Lempicka painted La Dormeuse in 1930. It is a truly unique and attention-grabbing art deco artwork.
De Lempicka's paintings of women have consequently become some of the most famous Art Deco paintings of the age.
The artist's unique style of monumental realism brought the artist significant critical acclaim, celebrity, and wealth. In addition, 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.
This oil 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 while 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. She cultivated a glamorous artistic persona here, exhibiting her work in the prestigious Parisian Salon.
Tamara de Lempicka's 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.
Lempicka’s La Dormeuse is romantic and intimate. This oil painting on canvas represents the highly sensual depiction of a sleeping woman and demonstrates Lempicka’s intensely 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.
The hyper-realism of the “Neue Sachlichkeit” school was thus a profound influence. Lempicka’s fascination with the Italian Renaissance Old Masters also formed a significant inspiration.
This metallic atmosphere references Lemmoon's lightk with artists from Weimar, Germany. During a trip to Italy with her grandmother, Lempicka discovered famous paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, and Agnolo Bronzino.
Lempicka also fell in love with the Mannerist style, particularly admiring these painters and their carefully rendered skin tones and stylized compositions.
More contemporary inspirations also came from the mystique of Hollywood glamor. For example, the platinum-haired woman in this painting evokes 1930s movie posters depicting seductive screen legends such as Greta Garbo, Loretta Young, and Claudette Colbert.
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 art completed in 1932. The painting epitomizes the Art Deco period with a background of skyscrapers of the period.
A Private Collector now owns the original de Lempicka artwork. However, 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 symmetry 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 when Tamara de Lempicka’s art gained traction.
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