The Man in The Mirror
12 x 16 Oil painting on canvas
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Art within Art Series
Every once in awhile I have to do a painting
inspired by Tamara de Lempicka. She was such a glamor puss.
She came from wealth and married wealth and soom became the
artist to the stars when she moved to Hollywood from Paris
during the Art Deco period. She was many times mistaken
for a star herself. She loved the life and loved the fame and
glamor and was a very talented portrait artist.
I get a kick out of so many artists from that period
thought very buxom large women were beautiful and painted
many of them. Isn't that nice. Something we do not see
much of today!
This painting was inspired by Tamara with my take of one
of her nudes. What is that man doing!!! Is he sneaking a peek
of her lounging nude in front of the scenery of the lake?
Does she know he's there? Who is "The Man in The Mirror?
The tulips are my take from another of her works.
Love her palette!
Tamara de Lempicka was born Maria Gorska of well-to-do parents in turn-of- the-century Poland. After her mother and father divorced, her wealthy grandmother spoiled her with clothes and travel. By age 14 she was attending school in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Now known as Tamara De Lempicka, the refugee studied art and worked day and night. She became a well-known portrait painter with a distinctive Art Deco manner. Quintessentially French, Deco was the part of a exotic, sexy, and glamorous Paris that epitomized Tamara's living and painting style.
At the threat of a second World War, she left Paris for America. She went to Hollywood, to become the "Favorite Artist of the Hollywood Stars". She and her second husband, Baron Raoul Kuffner, one of her earliest and wealthiest patrons, moved into American film director King Vidor's former house in Beverly Hills.
In 1978 she moved to Mexico permanently, buying a beautiful house in Cuernavaca called Tres Bambus, built by a Japanese architect in a chic neighborhood. She despaired of growing old and in her last years sought the company of young people. She mourned at the loss of her beauty and was cantankerous to the end.
Tamara De Lempicka died in her sleep on March 18, 1980 with her daughter Kizette at her side. Her wish to be cremated and have her ashes spread on the top of the volcano Popocatepetl was carried out.
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