Author: Laura Claridge
ISBN13: 978-0747548805
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC (March 2, 2000)
Pages: 448


Personal Name: Lempicka, Tamara de, 1898-1980. Personal Name: Lempicka, Tamara de, 1898-1980. Rubrics: Painters United States Biography. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Tamara de Lempicka : a life of deco and decadence, Laura Claridge.

Tamara De Lempicka book. An icon of the Jazz Age, Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka lived a life well worth recording. Until now, however, no one has written the story of this woman of extraordinary talent and notoriety. She was a great beauty, an aristocratic refugee of the Russian Revolution, and a frankly erotic painter who insisted upon Renaissance aesthetics, figuration, and painterly craft An icon of the Jazz Age, Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka lived a life well worth recording.

An icon of the Jazz Age, Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka lived a life well worth recording. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Art Deco and its place in history along with this under rated artist Tamara Delempica. 2 people found this helpful.

ru - An icon of the Jazz Age, Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka lived a life well worth recording. She was a great beauty, an aristocratic refugee of the Russian Revolution, and a frankly erotic painter who insisted upon Renaissance aesthetics, figuration, and painterly craft in modern art. The sky-high prices attached to her canvases in recent years have still not dispelled the suspicions that a woman of Lempicka’s glamour and fame could be a truly serious artist. Emblematic of ’20s excess and indulgence, Tamara de Lempicka’s life of great wealth, indiscriminate sexuality, and endless intrigue makes for a fascinating narrative. But her paintings have inspired fierce disagreements over issues of class, wealth, and gender in modern art, making her work ripe for critical re-evaluation.

Feminist scholar Laura Claridge, a good guide despite her overuse of the phrase "gender politics," enhances readers' appreciation of Lempicka's work without scanting her enjoyably lurid personal life. Born (around 1895) in Russia of Polish and Jewish descent, Lempicka fled the revolution to set up shop in Paris during its avant-garde heyday; the Nazi threat sent her to America, where Hollywood proved a natural setting

Select Format: Hardcover. Book by Claridge, Laura. ISBN13:9788477651871. Release Date:November 2001.

Tamara de Lempicka's Adam and Eve, painted at the end of 1931, shimmered at the front of the room, its impossibly luminous nudes confounding even those who believed themselves inured to the old-fashioned finish that pre-Modernist artists had valued so highly. Dealer Michel Witmer nodded a bit smugly; he had already provoked many arguments by contending that this painting would prove the crowning jewel of the show. an excerpt from 'Tamara de Lempicka'. 'Paradoxically,'' Claridge writes, Lempicka the painter ''would not have existed without the Russian Revolution. Her expulsion from a predestined life of privilege transformed her into a modern woman. In Paris, Lempicka, who had early on shown talent as an artist, took up painting to support her family. To a sleek Cubist style she added the disciplined finish and melancholy light of Renaissance painting.

It's a painting of an odalisque, reclining in narcissistic rapture, one arm casually flung behind her head. The pose is traditional, but the arm is a polished tube, the body a gleaming auto with haunches like fenders and hubcaps for breasts. Run your eyes over this model, the picture leers, note that streamlined bodywork, those red enamel lips

Reviews: 7
Claridge has done her homework here to an astonishing degree. The amount of research put into pealing back the layers of time and mystery that have surrounded the life of one of the 20th century's most fascinating painters is incredible. This book should be on the shelf of any Lempicka fan if for no other reason than it debunks the most popular myths of the others books by so called "scholars" littering the same shelf left and right.

The writing in this is incredibly dense. There's just so much material to cover here that there's no other way this book could be written even semi-competently without even half of the information present here. And what information there is! I knew Tamara lived the high life in Paris but the ammount of drugs, alcohol and sex present in this book are insane. Couple this with heart wrenching affairs, royal bumfoolery and daring political escapes and you have only one tenth of what the life of this woman was about.

One thing more that I wish to address is the statement by another reviewer on here that this is more of an art history book than I biography. I would say the the truth lies somewhere between the two. While this is a very in depth biography there were times that I did find myself having to pause time and time again to look up certain names, dates and places to see what the author referenced off handedly throughout the book. Some names are easier to pick up than others - Lhote, Denis and Marinetti are easy to pick out, but some of the more obscure ones took away a lot of time from reading this. So yes, not exactly a book you can blow through in a matter of days unless you're willing to make some sacrifices as you go.
Not a picture book. detailed life history though. There are a few repros but few of her major works.
if you are looking for lots of artwork, consider purchasing another book.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn
more about Art Deco and its place in history along with this
under rated artist Tamara Delempica. Great reading!
Good read!
....and it still fills a void in Tamara scholarship, but in trying to be so many things...biography, art history, art criticism, psychological profile, social history...this book weaves a somewhat arbitrary and bumpy trail through De Lempicka's life, times, and art. It mixes gossipy trivia with modernist theory in a way that often doesn't mix very well. The book, as a whole, feels sort of welded together...if it were a meal, it would be a big bowl in which appetizer, main course, desert, and midnight snack would have all be thrown in and mixed together under the dubious rationale, "it's all going to the same place."

Nonetheless, in the absence of many authoritative books that might better take one or another aspect of De Lempicka's life and art and make a real study of them, this book is well worth reading for an overall look at this still underrated and under-appreciated artist. That said, even after 375 pages, I didn't feel that the author really grasped the "mystery" of de Lempicka. Something about the various aspects of her life and personality, as presented here, didn't quite add up. I cant help but wonder if the author, who seemed to rely a good deal on De Lempicka's daughter for information, insights, and documents, didn't compromise her objectivity too much in securing this cooperation.

As it is, the De Lempicka who comes through on these pages isn't all that likable a woman. In fact, I found myself really shuddering at the idea of being in contact with such a selfish, shrewish, manipulative, hysterical, insensitive, self-dramatizing person. She isn't really any worse than the misbehaving male artists we're all familiar with--its just that she misbehaves in an entirely different--in some senses, distinctly "feminine" way that we may not be as familiar with in artist biographies dominated as they are by male subjects. Here we see De Lempicka at her worst, and often, playing the emotionally abusive and psychologically overbearing wife, mother--and grandmother--wielding her financial clout as family matriarch like a club to beat down all opposition to her wishes. At other times, her abuse is more subtle, insinuating in ways that'll make your skin crawl.

Technically an aristocrat, De Lempicka thought it something to be proud of, something that conferred upon her a privileged natural superiority over and above her fellow mortals. It's hard for Americans, in particular, to swallow this sort of class arrogance. But perhaps worst of all is that De Lempicka didnt seem to have much of a sense of self-irony. She could be just as outrageously flamboyant as Dali in appearance and behavior, but where Dali seemed to do it with a wink and a nod, De Lempicka doesn't seem to get the joke whatsoever. In fact, she doesnt seem to think there is a joke to be gotten. She's as serious, at least as she's portrayed in this biography, as a root canal over nine miles of bad road.

Even giving her the benefit of every doubt, I certainly didn't come away from this book liking De Lempicka, nor even sympathizing with her, and I'm not sure the author did either, although she seems to do her best to get the reader to do both. Basically, this is the story of a not-very-nice person who turned out some very great art...a story not quite unfamiliar to any reader of artist biographies.

If I go on at some length about DeLempicka's character it's because this book seems to focus on that more than anything else. While the author makes the necessary effort to trace De Lempicka's art career, the book falls short in this regard. Mention is made of other artists of the era, and even of De Lempicka's acquaintance with some of them, but little of real substance is offered of her interaction with them. She seems to exist side-by-side with them in a bubble. When the author talks about art history or art theory, her comments seem somewhat perfunctory, almost canned, as if gleaned from another source or reliant upon authority not her own. I'm not saying they are...but thats how they read to me. This impression may be a consequence of the aforementioned attempt to make this one book serve too many functions, which, as also aforementioned, makes it useful, given the paucity of quality De Lempicka studies.

And that paucity of alternative studies is what makes this book a worthwhile and generally rewarding, if at more times than one might have wished, tedious read.
Many things have, and will be said about Tamara de Lempicka. Relentless research, numerous personal interviews, and newly uncovered resources, never accessed before by any individual person, have allowed Laura Claridge to piece together a consummate documentary of the "Total Tamara". Laura transfers the powerful emotions of Tamara's private, public, and artistic life to the reader with her artful use of the English language and vividly detailed descriptions of places and events. These images make reading Tamara's remarkable story as if you were living every day with her in person. Other volumes have been written documenting her artwork, and her life as an artist. This work goes beyond all those attempts to paint a personal picture of the talent, dedication, aspiration, and undying will that catapulted Tamara into the limelight. It also takes you inside the private times to show you the frustration, disappointment, and loneliness of a perfectionist who always had to have, and be, the ultimate. From a historical standpoint, it allows the reader to view the impact the world had on Tamara, and the incredible impact she had on the world. Always fresh and fascinating, from cover to cover, this is the most enjoyable critical biography I have ever read.
This book is vivid with details and descriptions of Tamara's fascinating life. A sumptuous bite into the life of an artist; this story is simmered in vibrant retellings of Tamara's historical tribulations, her numerous tumultuous relationships (both male & female), her eccentricities along with an almost infamous ego, and the constant tribulations of trying to express oneself via pigment & canvas. Even if you are not currently familiar with Tamara's work (audible gasp) this book is guaranteed to enrich your view of artists and vibrant women alike.