Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980), pseudonym of Tamara Rosalia Gurwik - Górska, born in Poland from a wealthy family, she moved to Paris in the '20s, where she refined her technique to the current Art Deco.

Although she is recognizable by her own particular style:

Among a hundred paintings, You Could Recognize mines,
My goal was: Do not copy.
Create a new style, ...
light and bright colors,
return to elegance in my models.

These words perfectly explain the mission of her art. A woman who loves women, the undisputed protagonists of her works.

In the Sleeping Girl (1932) we face a beautiful woman, with big and elongated eyes, golden hair that gently goes down and frames her face, coming into conflict with the soft full lips. Red lips, in order to catch the attention and underline the light and shadow effects. A pleasing atmosphere, but also a strong femininity and sensuality.


The way in which the arms and bare shoulders are placed, the angular features not slender at all, but I dare say "carnal", that communicate presence, physicality...a seductive but unattainable woman.This is the recurring theme of her paintings, women symbols of modernity, independent, strong, emancipated, free, beautiful and elusive women.

Tamara, openly bisexual, is able to capture all the aspects and the nuances related to the woman with accurate elegance.


Technical Details:

Title: La Dormeuse (The sleeping girl) (1932)
Completion Date: 1932
Original size: 38 x 46 cm
Art movement: Art Deco Period, Soft cubism
Medium: Oil on wood panel
Location: Stephen E. Myers, Worth Avenue Fine Arts - U.S.A