Young Lady with Gloves

Tamara de Lempicka

Luke Sparkes
15 Sep 2019

The Louvre, the worlds largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris also has a museum in Abu Dhabi.

In November 2017, the museum was inaugurated by French President Emmanual Macron and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The museum is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French Government.

It is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula and over $500 million dollars was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name. Artworks from around the world are being showcased at this museum, with particular focus placed on bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Art…

Which brings us to Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish painted known for her distinctive interpretation of the Art Deco Style. She was the most fashionable painter of her generation and after re-establishing herself in Paris, after marrying a wealthy Lawyer and Baron, she was a glamorous icon in her own right.

De Lempicka’s is known as, “The Baroness with a Brush” due to her distinct Art Deco style. She was born in Warsaw in 1898 as Maria Gorska. When she was 12, her mother hired an established painter to create a portrait of her, but upon seeing the painting, she convinced everyone she could do it herself, but better.

Her paintings show a post-Cubist experimentation with simplified volume, whilst at the same time incorporating the rich, graphic style of Art Deco. She once said, “among a hundred paintings you could recognise mine, my goal was: do not copy. Create a new style, clear luminous colours and return to the elegance of my models.”

For the first time ever in Abu Dhabi, residents and visitors will be able to see Lempicka’s artwork. Her chic female figures are boldly sensual, liberated in a revolutionary way for the art world of her era, so perfectly fitting for Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be showcasing artwork by artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani, and other masters, all of which encompass the key movements of the 20th century modern art. De Lempicka will be sharing walls with the widest ever range of classical modernist’ works in the UAE, reflecting on the countries commitment to bringing art from all over the world to their diverse audience.

The exhibition will race the journeys of the artists and examine the development of their styles using a variety of interactive experiences. Some of her paintings, such as “Autoportrait”, a self-portrait of herself at the wheel of a green Bugatti, wearing a leather helmet and gloves, swathed in a windblown grey scarf, is considered one of the best examples of Art Deco painting. This particular piece was commissioned by the cover of the German fashion magazine, “Die Dame”, to celebrate the independence and liberation of women. It is a beautiful example of how her artwork conveys her independence, high social status and her skills.

The peice

The original of ‘Young lady with Gloves’, a painting of a beautiful young woman wearing a flimsy green dress, white gloves and a large white hat, will be sitting alongside other modern masters in Louvre Abu Dhabi. The sleek feminine figure with curvaceous lines was considered significant in the 1920s, with the Museum of Luxembourg’s Acquisitions Committee from purchasing it for 8,000 francs, at the Salon des Indépendants, is now priceless. But you can purchase your own limited-edition version of this painting from Smith and Partner.