Tamara de Lempicka

Lempicka is best known for her Art Deco-styled portraits. Sexy, bedroom-eyed women in stylish dress are rendered in haunting poses.

Tamara de Lempicka’s Art Deco portraits are known for mixing “lighting by Caravaggio, tubism by Fernand Léger and lipstick by Chanel,” and for radiating bisexual power.

With a unique style that has been described as “soft-cubism”, Tamara De Lempicka became one of the most important Art Deco style painters. Born into great wealth, Lempicka never strayed from aristocratic life, moving from 1920s Paris to Golden-Age-of-Hollywood Los Angeles, she was an ardent globetrotter for much of life. Finding Picasso destructive and the Impressionists drab, De Lempicka’s works are characterized by eroticized nude figures, usually female, all made by use of harsh-lines and high-contrast.