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  • Portrait of Romana de la Salle, 1928.

    Portrait of Romana de la Salle, 1928.

    Tamara de Lempicka

    Royal Academy | Burlington Gardens
    6 Burlington Gardens
    July 24, 2013–August 30, 2004

    Kunstforum

    September 16, 2004–January 2, 2005

    Curated by Evelyn Benesch, Ingried Brugger, Simonetta Fraquelli, and Norman Rosenthal

    Putting her art at the disposal of the moneyed European, and, later, American, class to which she belonged, Tamara de Lempicka (1898–1980) created some of the most iconic paintings of the Art Deco period. This first major UK exhibition of her work gathers fifty-five portraits, still lifes, and nudes mainly from the interwar era and features a comprehensive catalogue with essays by, among others, Alain Blondel, author of Lempicka's catalogue raisonné. The artist's bohemian life is easily read in her sleek, often androgynous portraits, and women—reclining, heavy-lidded nudes à la Ingres; glass-eyed flappers draped in starched yet shapely raiment—have never looked so perfectly dominating.

    Travels to Kunstforum, Vienna, Sept. 16–Jan. 2, 2005.