I have a crush, and it is going to be incurable. Tamara de Lempicka, I wish you were alive and that we were friends.
You Me and Meggie would live life on the fringe together. Meggie would reign us in when need be. We would paint and laugh and drink and wander to wonderful places. We would consider all things beautiful but be choosey about what subjects were fancy enough to render. We would partake of the food .. and anything else we liked. I wonder if you were alive, would you want to paint me? Would I have to beg?
About Tamara de Lempika:
well-known portrait painter with a distinctive Art Deco manner.
“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.'”
-Tamara de Lempicka
she painted portraits of writers, entertainers, artists, scientists, industrialists, and many of Eastern Europe’s exiled nobility.
she was not secretive about her sexual preferences (well documented bisexual woman who divorced two men and preferred women)
“I live life in the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don’t apply to those who live on the fringe.”
— Tamara de Lempicka
De Lempicka was never a consistent painter. As with many ruthless people, her swagger could give way to a strain of awful mawkishness (She did everything from nudes, still life to abstracts).
The artist pioneered a new vision of life in respect to the new and self-confident woman, changing aspects of femininity and masculinity. Not only did the artist paint portraits of modern women, she lived like one herself.
For a long time, she was involved with the celebrated night-club singer Suzy Solidor, whom she also portrayed in the nude. That portrait, one of Lempicka’s best. I have been told celebrity singer, Madonna is a collecter of de Lempicka’s work
The biography about her is called ”Passion by Design” and I fully intend to buy it, consume it and become it….