Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Google Doodle pays tribute to Art Deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, who is most famous most famous for a self portrait. “Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti)”, painted in 1929

originally commissioned by the German fashion magazine Die Dame for an issue about women’s independence. The painting shows Lempicka, seated casually with an icy gaze, in the driver’s seat of an emerald green sports car.


In the portrait, Lempicka wears a leather racing helmut and matching gloves, with a large grey scarf. True to Lempicka’s reputation as something of an eccentric who liked to make her own rules, the artist didn’t actually own a green Bugatti, rather, her car was a small, yellow Renault.

Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980), the Polish artist whose bold Art Deco style so perfectly captured the spirit of the Jazz Age, was born 120 years ago today.

Born Maria Gorksa in Warsaw, the future "Baroness of the Brush" was the daughter of Russian Jewish attorney Boris Gurwik-Gorski and socialite Malvina Decler.

https://www.inverse.com/article/44920-tamara-de-lempicka-tamara-in-a-green-bugatti

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