Ask Morgana 161: Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara Łempicka (1898-1980) was an artist of the Art Deco era. She was influenced by cubism, but notable for her re-expression of the aesthetic of Ingres. Herself glamorous and bisexual, her paintings of women show essential, solid shapes and curves, as though demonstrating the minimal, pure nature of physical femaleness. There is something 3D about her work; hips and breasts are full and round, skin is golden or bronze, nipples are pink and perfect, lips and fingernails are carmine. There is nothing crude or pornographic about the portrayal – in fact some poses are coy and classical – nevertheless her paintings seem to be about to burst with sexuality. I stand back and admire!
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