Passion by Design: The Art and Times of Tamara de Lempicka (Hardcover)

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An attractive new hardcover edition of the classic biography of Tamara de Lempicka, whose paintings defined Art Deco and whose life epitomized the Jazz Age.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed the mad glories of the 1920s on the printed page, Tamara de Lempicka (1898–1980) captured them on canvas. A seductive Garbo-esque beauty with an irresistible force of personality, this refugee of the Russian Revolution successively conquered Paris, Hollywood, and New York with coruscating portraits of the world’s rich and famous. Her Art Deco paintings earned for her a life more fabulously excessive than anything Fitzgerald dreamed of.

Passion by Design, authored by Tamara de Lempicka’s own daughter, is an intimate look at a fascinating personality, and remains the best account of her life and work. This new edition is illustrated with vibrant color reproductions of her finest paintings, as well as exclusive photographs from family albums. A new introduction by Marisa de Lempicka, the artist’s great-granddaughter, explores the ever-evolving legacy of Tamara de Lempicka, from the record eight-figure price fetched by her painting Portrait de Marjorie Ferry in February 2020 (smashing her previous record set just a few months previous for La Tunique rose)  to the new musical based on her life.

About the Author

Baroness Kizette de Lempicka-Foxhall, the daughter of Tamara de Lempicka, enjoyed an unequaled firsthand knowledge of her mother’s life and exclusive access to her papers.

Marisa de Lempicka was raised and educated in Buenos Aires. She now serves full-time as president of the Tamara de Lempicka Estate, founded with her mother Victoria. She resides in Aspen, Colorado.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780789213754
ISBN-10: 0789213753
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 200
Language: English