"Andromeda" (1920) Serigraph

by Tamara de Lempicka

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Artist/Maker: Tamara de Lempicka
Title: "Andromeda"
Year Created: 1920
Medium / Materials: Serigraph
Framed or Unframed: Unframed
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Dimensions (H x W x D): 39''H x 25.5'' W
Style/Period: Art: Cubism
Rarity/Quantity Available: Limited Edition of 175
Signed: Yes
Reserve Present: Yes

More about this item:

"Andromeda" demonstrates Tamara de Lempicka’s distinctive style that couples the decorative geometry of Modernism and the synthetic Cubism of her teacher, Andre Lhote. This is a serigraph of a painting that was originally created in the 1920’s by Lempicka.


Original artwork created in 1920's | Serigraph created between 1994-1996

Each Serigraph is hand-pulled and printed with  over 100 water-base ink colors, on 100% acid-free archival Museum Board. A certificate of authenticity with TAMARA de LEMPICKA Estate Crest and the signature of Baroness Kizette de Lempicka, daughter of Tamara de Lempicka, will accompany each Limited Edition Serigraph. A book of Tamara de Lempicka's work will be included with each serigraph as well.


Bio of Artist / Maker:

Tamara de Lempicka, who was born Maria Gorska, brought a soft brush to the hard angles of cubism and in doing so created a Polish pride that endures well beyond her death and the borders of her homeland.The players in her frenzied life have all exited the stage except Drita Kessler, the Montenegro native and art publishing director, who in 1984 began the resurrection of Tamara’s art and legacy. Tamara de Lempicka was born into a wealthy and prominent Warsaw family in May of 1898.   When her parents separated, she moved to St. Petersburg at the dawn of the Great War to live with her aunt. Precocious in every way, she found herself charmed by the older and beguiling Tadeusz Lempicka.  They married in 1916 and they immediately gave birth to their daughter Marie “Kizette”. Although largely absent from her mother’s life, Kizette was a powerful influence on her art.


The Bolshevik revolution chased the family to Western Europe and Tamara found

solace and a creative catalyst in the emerging bohemian dynamics of the Jazz Age.  Living in Paris she moved easily among the salons of Picasso, Cocteau, Gide, Stein, and others nourished by the genius of her fellow travelers and the post-war unshackling of social norms.  She was fascinated by Cubism and its statement that it was time for a completely new artistic dynamic. Through her soft edges and unapologetic sensual images, her painting seduced and enraptured viewers.  She was openly sexually independent and withoutboundaries.  Her canvasses were a timeless record of her experiences. Her first major show was in Milan during the 1925 season.  It was also the year she painted her iconic “Auto-Portrait”.  It was the near pinnacle of the Gatsby Era and the painting is pitch-perfect with the leather-gloved Tamara behind the wheel of an emerald green Bugatti coaxing the viewer with her bedroom eyes and pouty lips to jump in the passenger seat for a decadent experience. The image appeared on the cover of the German magazine Die Dame. Lempicka painted people because that was how she related to the world. Her daughter was nearly completely absent from her life, yet Kizette is the subject of many of Tamara’s works.  Was an absent mother trying to enshrine for the ages the daughter she neglected out of guilt?  If so, she succeeded; as these are some of her most compelling images. She was famous. She was infamous.  The rich and royal wanted to be the subject of her deft touch on canvass. Like so many others, her life changed dramatically in 1929.  She traveled to the United States for the first time the year the financial world collapsed and would find new influences in the studios of O’Keefe and de Kooning. She lived in Beverly Hills and enjoyed the comforts and seductions of Hollywood. Unfortunately, as the Second World War brought destruction to the globe, she became an icon of times past.  She was a pure embodiment of the 1920’s and that period was a distant memory in the tortured world of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. The final chapters of Tamara’s life were spent with her daughter in Texas in what was a strained relationship. Kizette had led an independent life, found happiness and contentment in her marriage to Baron Foxhall and yet was available for her mother.  Ultimately, they could not heal their wounds and Tamara moved to Mexico.  She passed away there in 1984.  Her ashes were scattered over an

extinct volcano.  

Executive DK Art Publishing director Drita Kessler was approached by Kizette and Tamara’s estate in 1991. By 1993, Kessler secured the exclusive worldwide rights for fine art limited edition serigraphs and lithographs which was certified by Baroness Kizette.  Ms. Kessler became the global ambassador for the works of Tamara Lempicka.  She curated exhibitions and was responsible in great part for the renaissance of Lempicka.  Numerous celebrities including Madonna, Barbra Streisand, and Jack Nicholson are collectors.  Her artworks now sell for millions at auction and are in museum collections throughout the world.


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