Tamara de Lempicka, born in Warsaw, is as well known for her extraordinary beauty as she is for her paintings.
In 1917, the Russian Revolution forced Tamara and her husband to flee Poland and settle in Paris.
It was in Paris that she emerged as one of the foremost painters of the Art Deco period. Her works resemble advertisements from the 1920s and 1930s and the Golden Era of Hollywood in the 1940s. The subjects painted by this fiercely independent woman included wealthy, intelligent and sometimes the most unusual characters as well as her favorite calla lilies.
She moved to the US in the 1930s. Lempickas paintings are in private and museum collections worldwide. She is being rediscovered by new audiences in the recent museum exhibitions in San Francisco, Boston, London and Vienna.