Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara de Lempicka’s life and work are synonymous with glamour, sex, and exoticism. Lempicka was born in Poland in 1898 and raised by a well-to-do family that exposed her to fine objects, clothing, and travel. She married at the age of 16, but one year later her husband was arrested; she braved the Russian Revolution, using her good looks and charm to free him. The couple fled to Paris, where Lempicka studied art and became a well-known portrait painter with writers, entertainers, artists, scientists, industrialists and many of Eastern European’s exiled nobility as sitters. These portraits were completed with a distinctive hand, one related to the Art Deco movement. In 1939 she moved to the United States with her second husband Baron Raoul Huffner, repeating her artistic and social success in Hollywood and New York.