Young Lady with Gloves
Tamara de Lempicka
|Title||Young Lady with Gloves|
|Artist||Tamara de Lempicka|
|Paper Size (W x H)||21 x 28 ins 53 x 71 cms|
|Image Size (W x H)||17 x 23 ins 43 x 58 cms|
Young Lady with Gloves was painted by Tamara de Lempicka in 1930 and displays a beautiful young woman wearing a flimsy green dress, white gloves, and a large, white hat. The sharp-edged form combined with the bold use of colour render a strongly dimensional and modern painting. It appears that the sleek feminine figure with curvaceous lines is holding on to her hat in order to avoid losing it in the breeze, De Lempicka undoubtedly masters the effect of a wind blowing through the painting.
This painting could have been entitled "The Navel", considering the lengths to which the artist went to glorify this fascinating anatomic detail, whose deepness matches that of the corolla of an arum flower, which was a favourite flower of Lempicka’s.
At the height of the Art Deco era Tamara de Lempicka was at once a member of the aristocracy of Paris and an impassioned recorder of its extravagant characters. Lempicka's portraits are as dramatic as they are intimate. Her paintings "perfectly document the time and very fine emotional caricatures that capture exactly the right flash of arrogance, hypochondriacal tic, or seductive challenge. None of which was surprising, because she was one of them. She understood them, how they felt, what they thought, whom they feared. She knew them, both the men and the women--often intimately.
Lempicka’s intention to express sensuality is clearly seen in most of her work. Her love of mannerism and gesture is evident in her paintings. The unabashed sensualism of this painting did not discourage the Museum of Luxembourg's Acquisitions Committee from purchasing it for 8,000 francs, at the Salon des Indépendants of 1923.
100 Editions Globally. The Young Lady with Gloves print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by Tamara de Lempicka's granddaughter and bearing the Lempicka Estate stamp.
About the Artist
Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara de Lempicka was born in 1898 in Warsaw, Poland. After her mother and father divorced, her wealthy grandmother spoiled her with clothes and travel. By age 14 she was attending school in Lausanne, Switzerland.Find out more