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Tamara de Lempicka: The Queen of the Modern

Written by Gioia Mori

  • September 6, 2011
  • Hardcover
  • Art - Individual Artists - Monographs
  • Skira
  • 8-1/2 x 12-1/2
  • $80.00
  • $92.00
  • 978-88-572-0931-9

About This Book

The definitive catalog on the first woman artist to become a glamourous star. A cosmopolitan painter and icon of the art deco movement, Tamara de Lempicka created images that became the symbols of an era, the “crazy” 1920s and 1930s. She was possibly that period’s most brilliant exponent.
Driven by an iron will to achieve, Tamara not only cultivated her artistic talent, she also consciously built an image, that of an elegant and sophisticated woman, the extravagant protagonist of the European high life.
Published to mark the exhibition in Rome from March 11-July 3, 2011, the monograph traces the entire career of this fascinating Polish artist who lived in Europe, the United States, and Mexico and catalogs the sum of her works.
Through scrupulous scientific analysis of 120 paintings and works on paper, the publication recreates the artistic atmosphere of the time, suggesting unique parallels and comparisons with contemporary works.  It also offers the reader a cross section of the artist’s life, which was filled with glamour but at the same time marked by the great and terrible historic events of the twentieth century.    

About the Author

Gioia Mori holds the chair in art history at the Accademia in Venice and is scientific director of Art e Dossier, one of the most authoritative Italian art journals.


  • "Ms. Gioia has delivered a gift for all those who have a passion for art, style, and the great personalities of the 20th century... What is most appealing about this volume is that the intellectual is mixed with the personal, which allows for a very smooth read and segues from a routine biography into a chronicle of an artist and her creativity within her "worlds... At any rate, Tamara de Lempicka: The Queen of the Modern is a book that is destined to become a part of your collection of high quality art books and should be thought of as part memoir and part reference with equal attention paid to both." ~New York Journal of Books

    "This beautiful book is a must-have for all art deco lovers and highlights the life of one of the most modern women of our time."
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