Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tamara de Lempicka

"I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success. From a hundred pictures, mine will always stand out." 
Tamara de Lempicka

The Polish Girl
The Polish Girl, circa 1933
 Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint with Roulette in colour on Chine Colle paper

De Lempicka's cool, crisp and precisely executed works are in many ways at odds with her incredibly turbulent and exotic personal life, which spanned various artistic movements and European countries before finally settling in America. This 'glamour girl' of the art world was indeed a notorious figure not just for her paintings but also for her exciting and bohemian lifestyle. Part of the Parisian roaring 20's set, she was not only an artist, but a socialite from a wealthy Polish family. Her bold and distinctive style was further developed on her move to France and has often been suggested as a softer form of the Cubism movement.


1898 - Berlin-1980 (Polish/American)

The Polish Girl / La Polonaise, circa 1933

Technique: Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint with Roulette in colour on Chine Colle paper

Paper Size: 45.1 x 36.2 cm / 17.75 x 14.25 in

Plate Size: 34.5 x 26.5 cm / 13.4 x 10.4 in

Additional Information: This work is hand signed by the artist "T. de Lempicka" at the lower right margin,

It is also hand numbered "86/200" at the lower left margin.

The work was printed in a limited edition of 200 impressions in circa 1933.

This aquatint was closely based on Tamara de Lempicka's Oil painting on wood panel "La Polonaise" from 1933 (recorded in the catalogue raisonne as B.182)

The image of a girl, wearing a brightly-colored Polish shawl over her head, looks up from her prayer book. Along with several others, this devotional image, painted on the little mahogany panels of which the artist was so fond, is reminiscent of the art of icons.


Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (label verso)

Private Collection, New York

Sotheby's New York, March 31, 2007, lot 156

The Hascoe Family Collection of Czech and Modern Art, Greenwich, Connecticut.


1. Alain Blondel, 1999, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Complete deTamara de Lempicka, Lausanne: aux éditions Acatos.

reference: A.151, p. 472

Gioia Mori, 2011, Tamara de Lempicka: La Regina del Moderno, Rome, 2011, p. 361

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