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In March 1939, Lempicka arrived in New York, along with her latest paintings. She had also brought along several of her large-scale classics - such as "The Musician" (B.117) - which she planned to display together with the new works. Despite the hassle of settling in and preparing several shows (in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee), she managed to find time for several very ambitious creations, such as "Wisdom" (B.221) and "At the Opera" (B.222), which she had started before leaving.

After her last exhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery of Los Angeles, in 1941, the spread of war relegated such mundane events as opening receptions to the sidelines. Consequently, Lempicka withdrew to her country house in Connecticut. Here, she devoted herself to a series of still lifes comprised of commonplace objects, vegetables and fruits, affording her occasion to attain a state of peace far removed from the era's upheavals. She became less sharply precise, attending more to the solidity of her compositions, and using skilfully gradated contours to build up rounded volumes, which nonetheless retain their fullness. Once back in New York, where, given the times, no further portrait commissions were forthcoming, she painted portrait after portrait of idealized young women, gradually defining the norms of a model-face that would become somewhat of an obsession (cf. the series with turban [B.254, B.262]). In parallel, she continued her still lifes, adorning them with drapes in a most classical spirit, or even in a trompe l'oeil vein. At the same time, she began doing copies of works by the Renaissance masters.

With the return of peacetime, Lempicka took painful stock of the changes wrought in all realms; in the realm of art, these could only cut her off even more from the mainstream. In January 1949, she left for Italy, where she spent six months. From then on, Lempicka would become a perpetual commuter between New York, Paris, Florence, Capri, Zurich, Monaco, Marrakech, and more.
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Self-Portrait
spacerPortrait of baron Raoul Kuffner
Portrait of baron Raoul Kuffner
spacerInterior of a Stateroom
Interior of a Stateroom
spacerYoung Lady with an Oil Lamp
Young Lady with an Oil Lamp
spacerMother and Child
Mother and Child
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spacerThe Little Prince Awakening
The Little Prince Awakening
spacerYoung Lady with a Wide-Brimmed Hat
Young Lady with a Wide-Brimmed Hat
spacerWoman with White Gloves
Woman with White Gloves
spacerWoman in a Yellow Dress
Woman in a Yellow Dress
spacerSeated Woman
Seated Woman
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spacerLa bella donna
La bella donna
spacerStudy for
Study for "Wisdom"
spacerStudy for
Study for "Wisdom"
spacerStudy for a Self-Portrait
Study for a Self-Portrait
spacerSelf-Portrait
Self-Portrait
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spacerPortrait of a Man Wearing Glasses
Portrait of a Man Wearing Glasses
spacerStudy for
Study for "The Dutch Girl"
spacerPortrait of a Woman with a Turban
Portrait of a Woman with a Turban
spacerPortrait of a Woman in a Veiled Hat
Portrait of a Woman in a Veiled Hat
spacerStill Life: the Watercolor
Still Life: the Watercolor
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spacerProfile of a Woman with Scarf I
Profile of a Woman with Scarf I
spacerProfile of a Woman with Scarf II
Profile of a Woman with Scarf II
spacerGirl with Arums
Girl with Arums
spacerGirl with Arums
Girl with Arums
spacerPortrait of a Girl
Portrait of a Girl
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spacerPortrait of a Bearded Man
Portrait of a Bearded Man
spacerPortrait of a Mustached Man
Portrait of a Mustached Man
spacerTuscan Peasant
Tuscan Peasant
spacerPortrait of a Fisherman
Portrait of a Fisherman
spacerBandido
Bandido
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spacerStudy after Rubens
Study after Rubens
spacerFigure Study after Botticelli
Figure Study after Botticelli
spacerYoung Lady with a Chignon
Young Lady with a Chignon
spacerVirgin with Child
Virgin with Child
spacerAnatomic Studies Sheet
Anatomic Studies Sheet
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spacerFace and Hands Study
Face and Hands Study
spacerFace Study
Face Study
spacerHead and Hands Study
Head and Hands Study
spacerIndian with Turban
Indian with Turban
spacerGirl Wearing a White Headdress
Girl Wearing a White Headdress
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spacerPortrait of Louisanne Kuffner
Portrait of Louisanne Kuffner
spacerOld Lady in Black (sketch)
Old Lady in Black (sketch)
spacerYoung Lady with Crossed Arms
Young Lady with Crossed Arms
spacerEscape
Escape
spacerWisdom
Wisdom
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spacerAt the Opera
At the Opera
spacerThe Dutch Girl
The Dutch Girl
spacerPitcher on a Chair I
Pitcher on a Chair I
spacerThe Coffee Mill
The Coffee Mill
spacerStill Life with Diana
Still Life with Diana
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spacerSucculent and Flask
Succulent and Flask
spacerThe Arums
The Arums
spacerThe Seashell
The Seashell
spacerComposition in the Studio
Composition in the Studio
spacerThe Studio Door
The Studio Door
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spacerStudio in the Country
Studio in the Country
spacerLemon
Lemon
spacerStill Life with Tangerines
Still Life with Tangerines
spacerStill Life with Pepper and Onion
Still Life with Pepper and Onion
spacerStill Life with Bottle of Milk
Still Life with Bottle of Milk
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spacerCarrots
Carrots
spacerWine Bottle and Onions
Wine Bottle and Onions
spacerPitcher and Lemons on a Chair
Pitcher and Lemons on a Chair
spacerStill Life, Lemons and Plate
Still Life, Lemons and Plate
spacerApples in a Fruit Bowl
Apples in a Fruit Bowl
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spacerBouquet of Primroses
Bouquet of Primroses
spacerThe Mask and Feather I
The Mask and Feather I
spacerThe Mask and Feather II
The Mask and Feather II
spacerStudy for the Couple
Study for the Couple
spacerThe Couple
The Couple
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spacerWoman with Blue Scarf
Woman with Blue Scarf
spacerMovie Face
Movie Face
spacerThe Rose Hat
The Rose Hat
spacerRedheaded Girl and Garland of Roses
Redheaded Girl and Garland of Roses
spacerStill Life with Lilies and Photo
Still Life with Lilies and Photo
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spacerStill Life with Lily and Gray Drape
Still Life with Lily and Gray Drape
spacerStill Life with Pink Fabric and Lilies
Still Life with Pink Fabric and Lilies
spacerThe Gray Turban I
The Gray Turban I
spacerThe Gray Turban II
The Gray Turban II
spacerProfile of Woman with Scarf
Profile of Woman with Scarf
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spacerHands Study
Hands Study
spacerThe Closed Gate
The Closed Gate
spacerWoman with Red and White Turban
Woman with Red and White Turban
spacerGirl with Pansies
Girl with Pansies
spacerAdele with a Turban
Adele with a Turban
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spacerThe Orange Turban
The Orange Turban
spacerThe Orange Turban II
The Orange Turban II
spacerThe Orange Turban III
The Orange Turban III
spacerFigure with Turban
Figure with Turban
spacerThe Pink Turban
The Pink Turban
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spacerPortrait of Chacha
Portrait of Chacha
spacerAmethyst
Amethyst
spacerStill Life with Apples and Lemons
Still Life with Apples and Lemons
spacerApples and Lemons Study
Apples and Lemons Study
spacerThe Key and the Egg
The Key and the Egg
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spacerA Trompe-l'oeil Painting with a Botticelli
A Trompe-l'oeil Painting with a Botticelli
spacerThe Key
The Key
spacerSurrealist Hand
Surrealist Hand
spacerCity of Rocks I
City of Rocks I
spacerCity of Rocks II
City of Rocks II
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spacerOrchid in the Cuernevaca Forest
Orchid in the Cuernevaca Forest
spacerThe Mexican Woman
The Mexican Woman
spacerPortrait of Beautiful M. I
Portrait of Beautiful M. I
spacerPortrait of Beautiful M. II
Portrait of Beautiful M. II
spacerPortrait in da Vinci's Taste
Portrait in da Vinci's Taste
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spacerPortrait after Dürer
Portrait after Dürer
spacerThe Coffeepot
The Coffeepot
spacerThe Bowl of Grapes
The Bowl of Grapes
spacerFruits in a Bowl I
Fruits in a Bowl I
spacerStill Life of Fruits and Silk Drape
Still Life of Fruits and Silk Drape
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spacerStill Life with Seashells
Still Life with Seashells
spacerLilies and Yellow Roses
Lilies and Yellow Roses
spacerHands and Flowers
Hands and Flowers
spacerHand Holding a Spray of Flowers
Hand Holding a Spray of Flowers
spacerFruit Bowl
Fruit Bowl
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spacerStudy after Botticelli
Study after Botticelli
spacerStudy after Caravaggio
Study after Caravaggio
spacerSketch of a Female Figure
Sketch of a Female Figure
spacerFigure Study
Figure Study
spacerBouquet of Tulips and Cast of a Hand
Bouquet of Tulips and Cast of a Hand
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spacerAntique Cast with Dove
Antique Cast with Dove
spacerNight Scene
Night Scene
spacerThe Guitarist
The Guitarist
spacerThe Reader I
The Reader I
spacerHotel Room
Hotel Room
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spacerInterior
Interior
spacerThe Gray Armchair
The Gray Armchair
spacerNude with Straw Hat
Nude with Straw Hat
spacerNude with Cut Arm
Nude with Cut Arm
spacerStanding Nude, Seen from Behind
Standing Nude, Seen from Behind
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spacerNude with Pitcher I
Nude with Pitcher I
spacerAt the Theater
At the Theater
spacerPortrait of a Girl
Portrait of a Girl
spacerAndrogynous Figure
Androgynous Figure
spacerWoman with Hat
Woman with Hat
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spacerGirl with White Shawl
Girl with White Shawl
spacerOranges in a Basket
Oranges in a Basket
spacerGrapes in a Basket
Grapes in a Basket
spacerBouquet in a Bowl
Bouquet in a Bowl
spacerVase with Flowers
Vase with Flowers
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spacerRoses in a Vase
Roses in a Vase
spacerApple, Quince, Grapes I
Apple, Quince, Grapes I
spacerApple, Grapes I
Apple, Grapes I
spacerBowl, Drapery, Fruits
Bowl, Drapery, Fruits
spacerStill Life with Succulent
Still Life with Succulent
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spacerStill Life with Lemons
Still Life with Lemons
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  • Self-Portrait
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    Self-Portrait

    A.181
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    32 x 23,5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 1/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Autoportrait)
    Collections
    1972 - Private collection - France
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
    History
    Images of TAMARA, Biography, Psychology: Never had an artist been so preoccupied with her own image as Lempicka: she herself did many self-portraits, and, more especially, spent hours to sitting for photographers, where she would take on the attitude of a professional model. Her long stay in Hollywood, and all her efforts to penetrate the movie world, suggest that she longed to be in the "spotlight". Her "screen test" - with the newsreel producers Pathé in 1932 - shows a supremely self-assured image of her coming down the staircase of her rue Méchain studio, flourishing a seemingly endless cigarette-holder.
  • Portrait of baron Raoul Kuffner
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    Portrait of baron Raoul Kuffner

    A.182
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    33 x 25,4 cm (13 x 10 in) 
    Lempicka 1929 (bottom right)
    (Portrait du baron Raoul Kuffner)
    The drawing style makes us doubt the authenticity of the date.
    History
    Baron KUFFNER, Family or close friend: Baron Raoul Kuffner de Dioszegh, descended from a wealthy family of Hungarian brewers and breeders, received his title of nobility by the hand of Emperor Francis-Joseph. This great landowner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had the foresight to part with his property in Europe before emigrating to the United States in 1939. He married Lempicka, in Switzerland, in 1933, "six years after having met her in Paris" (The Billings Gazette, 5 September 1946). The baron's father, Karl, had assembled - in a specially designed wing of his château in Dioszegh - a splendid collection of Old Master paintings, open to his fellow citizens. The collection landed in France between 1930 and 1938, and travelled on to New York in 1940, where it became the object of a prestigious auction at Parke-Bernett's on 18 November 1948. Baron Kuffner died on November 3, 1961, on his return trip from Europe to New York, on the SS Liberté. He is the author of a book pleading in favor of free enterprise: Planomania-Capitalism makes Sense (Richard R. Smith Publishers).
  • Interior of a Stateroom
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    Interior of a Stateroom

    A.183
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    32 x 23,5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 1/4 in) 
    Lempicka (top right)
    (Interieur de cabine)
    This stateroom on the "SS Paris" might well be the one in which the couple travelled when they left for the States, in February of 1939.
    Collections
    1995 - Private collection - Italy
  • Young Lady with an Oil Lamp
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    Young Lady with an Oil Lamp

    A.184
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    32 x 23,5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 1/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Jeune femme à la lampe à pétrole)
  • Mother and Child
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    Mother and Child

    A.185
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    35,5 x 26 cm (14 x 10 1/4 in) 
    Lempicka 1930. (bottom right)
    (Mère et enfant)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • The Little Prince Awakening
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    The Little Prince Awakening

    A.186
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    45,5 x 30 cm (17 7/8 x 11 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom left)
    (Le reveil du petit prince)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Young Lady with a Wide-Brimmed Hat
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    Young Lady with a Wide-Brimmed Hat

    A.187
    circa1939
    Crayon on paper
    44 x 28 cm (17 3/8 x 11 in) 
    Lempicka Paris 1929 (bottom right)
    (Jeune femme à la capeline)
    Collections
    1990 - Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hirsc - U.S.A.
  • Woman with White Gloves
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    Woman with White Gloves

    A.188
    circa1939
    Watercolor on paper
    45 x 30 cm (17 3/4 x 11 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Femme aux gants blancs)
    Auctions
    10/11/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Beat-7363”, # 51 $ 0
    21/02/1995 - NEW YORK. Christie's East"P.7669", # 53 $ 3 910
  • Woman in a Yellow Dress
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    Woman in a Yellow Dress

    A.189
    circa1939
    Watercolor on paper
    42,5 x 35 cm (16 3/4 x 13 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Femme en robe jaune)
    Auctions
    09/05/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Will-7311”, # 46 $ 0
    21/02/1995 - NEW YORK. Christie's East"P.7669", # 52 $ 3 680
  • Seated Woman
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    Seated Woman

    A.190
    circa1940
    Crayon on paper
    36,8 x 29,2 cm (14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom left)
    (Femme assise)
    Auctions
    09/05/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Will-7311”, # 93 $ 3 800
  • La bella donna
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    La bella donna

    A.191
    circa1940
    Crayon on paper
    48,2 x 30,9 cm (19 x 12 1/8 in) 
    (La bella donna)
    Auctions
    18/02/1988 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Shira-6540”, # 65 $ 1 700
  • Study for
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    Study for "Wisdom"

    A.192
    circa1940
    Crayon on paper
    62 x 46 cm (24 3/8 x 18 1/8 in) 
    Lempicka (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Etude pour "La Sagesse")
    See B.221.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - Italy
    Auctions
    29/09/1994 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade "1482", # 110 $ 2 760
  • Study for
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    Study for "Wisdom"

    A.193
    circa1940
    Crayon on paper
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Etude pour "La Sagesse")
    See B.221.
  • Study for a Self-Portrait
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    Study for a Self-Portrait

    A.194
    circa1940
    Crayon on paper
    34 x 26,3 cm (13 3/8 x 10 3/8 in) 
    (Etude pour un autoportrait)
    Auctions
    13/11/1990 - NEW YORK. Christie's “7099-Merran”, # 218 $ 1 200
  • Self-Portrait
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    Self-Portrait

    A.195
    circa1941
    Crayon on light blueish paper
    37 x 28 cm (14 5/8 x 11 in) 
    (Autoportrait)
    Collections
    1994 - Alain Lesieutre Gallery - France
    History
    Images of TAMARA, Biography, Psychology: Never had an artist been so preoccupied with her own image as Lempicka: she herself did many self-portraits, and, more especially, spent hours to sitting for photographers, where she would take on the attitude of a professional model. Her long stay in Hollywood, and all her efforts to penetrate the movie world, suggest that she longed to be in the "spotlight". Her "screen test" - with the newsreel producers Pathé in 1932 - shows a supremely self-assured image of her coming down the staircase of her rue Méchain studio, flourishing a seemingly endless cigarette-holder.
  • Portrait of a Man Wearing Glasses
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    Portrait of a Man Wearing Glasses

    A.196
    circa1941
    Crayon on paper
    22,3 x 17,8 cm (8 3/4 x 7 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Portrait d'homme à lunettes)
  • Study for
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    Study for "The Dutch Girl"

    A.197
    circa1941
    Crayon on paper
    26,5 x 23,5 cm (10 3/8 x 9 1/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom left)
    (Etude pour "La Hollandaise")
    See B.223.
    Auctions
    22/11/1989 - PARIS. Ader, # 95 $ 0
    24/01/1990 - PARIS. Loudmer, # 183 $ 7 000
  • Portrait of a Woman with a Turban
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    Portrait of a Woman with a Turban

    A.198
    circa1942
    Crayon on paper
    23,5 x 17 cm (9 1/4 x 6 3/4 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Portrait de femme avec turban)
    Collections
    1990 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    19/11/1992 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “6365-Fried”, # 173 $ 0
  • Portrait of a Woman in a Veiled Hat
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    Portrait of a Woman in a Veiled Hat

    A.199
    circa1943
    Watercolor on paper
    38 x 25,5 cm (15 x 10 in) 
    Lempicka 1925 (bottom right)
    (Femme au chapeau à voilette)
    The dating (written with a different pencil) was added by Tamara de Lempicka, with scarce regard to its accuracy.
    Auctions
    09/05/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Will-7311”, # 45 $ 3 000
  • Still Life: the Watercolor
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    Still Life: the Watercolor

    A.200
    circa1944
    Crayon on paper
    22,9 x 30,2 cm (9 x 11 7/8 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Nature morte: l'aquarelle)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Profile of a Woman with Scarf I
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    Profile of a Woman with Scarf I

    A.201
    circa1945
    Watercolor on paper
    38 x 28 cm (15 x 11 in) 
    Lempicka 1926 (bottom right)
    (Profil de femme au foulard I)
    Obiously, this watercolor was backdated. See B.256.
    Auctions
    14/02/1991 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Beth-7218”, # 64 $ 0
  • Profile of a Woman with Scarf II
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    Profile of a Woman with Scarf II

    A.202
    circa1945
    Watercolor on paper
    45 x 30 cm (17 3/4 x 11 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka/ Paris 1923 (bottom right)
    (Profil de femme avec foulard II)
    Again, the date - added later - seems improbable. See B.256.
    Collections
    1995 - Private collection - Italy
    Auctions
    14/06/1995 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade-1508, # 103 $ 3 000
  • Girl with Arums
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    Girl with Arums

    A.203
    circa1945
    Crayon on paper
    22,2 x 17,1 cm (8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Jeune fille aux arums)
    History
    The CALLA LILIES, Biography, Psychology: What could be the significance of the artist's lifelong passion for arum flowers? In Lempicka's work, the objects selected to compose her still lifes - which often bring to mind riddles to be decoded - usually have a symbolic meaning. In the light of her oeuvre, we can easily guess at the symbolism of the arum flower: the white corolla of course brings the ideal of purity to mind, while the tumescent pistil at its center is the very image of concupiscence. Illustrating the artist's tormented mind, it represents, in a manner of speaking, the unstable marriage of sanctity and lust!
  • Girl with Arums
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    Girl with Arums

    A.203
    circa1945
    Crayon on paper
    22,2 x 17,1 cm (8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Jeune fille aux arums)
    History
    The CALLA LILIES, Biography, Psychology: What could be the significance of the artist's lifelong passion for arum flowers? In Lempicka's work, the objects selected to compose her still lifes - which often bring to mind riddles to be decoded - usually have a symbolic meaning. In the light of her oeuvre, we can easily guess at the symbolism of the arum flower: the white corolla of course brings the ideal of purity to mind, while the tumescent pistil at its center is the very image of concupiscence. Illustrating the artist's tormented mind, it represents, in a manner of speaking, the unstable marriage of sanctity and lust!
  • Portrait of a Girl
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    Portrait of a Girl

    A.204
    circa1946
    Crayon on paper
    25 x 20 cm (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in) 
    (Portrait de jeune fille)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Portrait of a Bearded Man
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    Portrait of a Bearded Man

    A.205
    circa1947
    Crayon on paper
    30 x 21 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in) 
    (Portrait d'homme barbu)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Portrait of a Mustached Man
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    Portrait of a Mustached Man

    A.206
    circa1947
    Crayon on paper
    21,7 x 13,7 cm (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Portrait d'homme moustachu)
  • Tuscan Peasant
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    Tuscan Peasant

    A.207
    circa1947
    Crayon on paper
    21,7 x 13,7 cm (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in) 
    Lempicka Florence 1929 (bottom right)
    (Paysan toscan)
    The date is uncertain.
  • Portrait of a Fisherman
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    Portrait of a Fisherman

    A.208
    circa1947
    Crayon on paper
    21,7 x 13,7 cm (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom left)
    (Portrait de pêcheur)
  • Bandido
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    Bandido

    A.209
    circa1947
    Crayon on paper
    21,7 x 13,7 cm (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Bandido)
  • Study after Rubens
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    Study after Rubens

    A.210
    circa1948
    Crayon on paper
    25,5 x 18,5 cm (10 x 7 1/4 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Etude d'après Rubens)
    Auctions
    21/06/1988 - PARIS. Briest, # 165 $ 4 170
  • Figure Study after Botticelli
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    Figure Study after Botticelli

    A.211
    circa1948
    Crayon on paper
    28,3 x 20,3 cm (11 1/8 x 8 in) 
    T.Lempicka/1925. (bottom right)
    (Etude de figure d'après Botticelli)
    The date, added later, is uncertain.
    Auctions
    10/11/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Beat-7363”, # 192 $ 800
  • Young Lady with a Chignon
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    Young Lady with a Chignon

    A.212
    circa1948
    Crayon on paper
    31,8 x 22,9 cm (12 1/2 x 9 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Jeune femme au chignon)
    Auctions
    21/06/1988 - PARIS. Briest, # 162 $ 8 000
    18/06/1989 - ROUBAIX. Mercier, # 189 $ 0
  • Virgin with Child
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    Virgin with Child

    A.213
    circa1949
    Crayon on paper
    35,6 x 29,2 cm (14 x 11 1/2 in) 
    Lempicka (middle left)
    (Vierge à l'enfant)
    History
    The RELIGIOUS FEELING, Biography, Psychology: Religious feeling, intrinsic to Tamara de Lempicka's nature, began showing through in her oeuvre with works such as "Mother and Child" (B.12), although, admittedly, this work in particular was created under the direct influence of Maurice Denis. The moral crisis undergone by the artist from 1934 to 1936 exacerbated this feeling. And, finally, at the end of her life, Lempicka commended her soul to God through her numerous replicas of Madonna and St. Anthony (which, moreover, stood side to side with other copies of the sulfurous Rafaëla).
  • Anatomic Studies Sheet
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    Anatomic Studies Sheet

    A.214
    circa1949
    Crayon on paper
    37 x 30 cm (14 5/8 x 11 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom right)
    (Feuille d'études anatomiques)
    Collections
    1995 - Private collection - Italy
  • Face and Hands Study
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    Face and Hands Study

    A.215
    circa1949
    Crayon on paper
    36,5 x 29,8 cm (14 3/8 x 11 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka 1927 (bottom center)
    (Etude de visage et de mains)
    The date, added later, is uncertain.
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Face Study
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    Face Study

    A.216
    circa1949
    Crayon on paper
    45,1 x 29,8 cm (17 3/4 x 11 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka (bottom center)
    (Etude de visage)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Head and Hands Study
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    Head and Hands Study

    A.217
    1950
    Crayon on paper
    24,1 x 14,6 cm (9 1/2 x 5 3/4 in) 
    Lempicka 1950. (bottom right)
    (Etude de tête et de mains)
  • Indian with Turban
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    Indian with Turban

    B.215
    circa1939
    Oil on canvas
    56 x 38,1 cm (22 x 15 in) 
    (Indien à turban)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Girl Wearing a White Headdress
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    Girl Wearing a White Headdress

    B.216
    circa1939
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 19 cm (10 5/8 x 7 1/2 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Jeune fille portant une coiffe blanche)
    Lempicka was always crazy about hats and headdresses of all sorts. She herself had a considerable collection of them.
    Collections
    1994 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    1995 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Portrait of Louisanne Kuffner
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    Portrait of Louisanne Kuffner

    B.217
    circa1939
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 23 cm (11 x 9 in) 
    (Portrait de Louisanne Kuffner)
    Portrait of Baron Kuffner's daughter, born of a first marriage.
    Collections
    1940 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    History
    Baron KUFFNER, Family or close friend: Baron Raoul Kuffner de Dioszegh, descended from a wealthy family of Hungarian brewers and breeders, received his title of nobility by the hand of Emperor Francis-Joseph. This great landowner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had the foresight to part with his property in Europe before emigrating to the United States in 1939. He married Lempicka, in Switzerland, in 1933, "six years after having met her in Paris" (The Billings Gazette, 5 September 1946). The baron's father, Karl, had assembled - in a specially designed wing of his château in Dioszegh - a splendid collection of Old Master paintings, open to his fellow citizens. The collection landed in France between 1930 and 1938, and travelled on to New York in 1940, where it became the object of a prestigious auction at Parke-Bernett's on 18 November 1948. Baron Kuffner died on November 3, 1961, on his return trip from Europe to New York, on the SS Liberté. He is the author of a book pleading in favor of free enterprise: Planomania-Capitalism makes Sense (Richard R. Smith Publishers).
  • Old Lady in Black (sketch)
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    Old Lady in Black (sketch)

    B.218
    circa1939
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    (Vieille dame en noir, esquisse)
    This old lady looks a great deal like Lempicka's grandmother, Clémentine Decler, who had shown Italy and its museums to the eleven-year-old artist-in-the-bud.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Young Lady with Crossed Arms
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    Young Lady with Crossed Arms

    B.219
    1939
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA (bottom right)
    (Jeune femme les bras croisés)
    An American-format work that probably belongs to the first paintings done by Lempicka upon setting herself up in the States.
    Collections
    1986 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Escape
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    Escape

    B.220
    circa1940
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (top left)
    (La fuite *)
    This work was painted just shortly after Lempicka arrived in the States (American-size format). It evokes the hardships of war in Europe, and was displayed in 1941, under the title "Somewhere in Europe", at the New York Julian Levy Gallery.
    Collections
    1976 - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes - France
    Exhibitions
    1941 - Julien Levy Gallery, "Tamara de Lempicka / (Baroness de Kuffner)", New-York, United States
    1941 - Julien Levy Galleries, "Tamara de Lempicka", Los Angeles, United States
    1942 - Milwaukee Art Center, "Tamara de Lempicka (Baroness Kuffner)", Milwaukee, United States
    1950 - Salon des Indépendants 1950, Paris, France
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
    History
    The obsession with EXILE, Biography, Psychology: Exile remained a lifelong obsession with Lempicka. It comes through in several of her paintings: "The Refugees" (B.158), 1931; "Before the Storm" (B.195), 1936; and "Flight" (B.220), 1940. The artist actually experienced two radical breaks in her life: the first when she left Bolshevik Russia in dramatic circumstances in 1918; and the second (better prepared!) in 1939, when she left for the United States.
    1940, Chronology: The Kuffners decided to live in Hollywood, buying a house belonging to the film director King Vidor. De Lempicka threw herself into charitable work in support of wartime in Europe, and was given the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Women's Emergency Corps (whose uniforms she had designed). She requested American citizenship.
  • Wisdom
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    Wisdom

    B.221
    circa1940/1941
    Oil on wood panel
    71,1 x 50,8 cm (28 x 20 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (top left)
    (La Sagesse *)
    The layout and type of figure in this painting bring to mind work by the Flemish painter Quentin Matsys. Lempicka would subsequently make several replicas of this work.
    Collections
    1941 - Purchased directly by Mr. Soulas - Argentina
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1941 - Julien Levy Gallery, "Tamara de Lempicka / (Baroness de Kuffner)", New-York, United States
    Auctions
    13/05/1993 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Mary-7674”, # 258 $ 160 000
  • At the Opera
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    At the Opera

    B.222
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    76,2 x 50,8 cm (30 x 20 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. 1941. (bottom right)
    (A l'Opéra *)
    In this painting, Lempicka avails herself of several elements from her earlier works: these include the column in the portraits of (respectively) the Duchess of La Salle (B.72) and Marjorie Ferrie (B.166), and the lace in the portrait of Nana de Herrera (B.113).
    Collections
    1979 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    1980 - Private collection - Germany
    Exhibitions
    1941 - Julien Levy Gallery, "Tamara de Lempicka / (Baroness de Kuffner)", New-York, United States
    1941 - Julien Levy Galleries, "Tamara de Lempicka", Los Angeles, United States
    1942 - Milwaukee Art Center, "Tamara de Lempicka (Baroness Kuffner)", Milwaukee, United States
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
  • The Dutch Girl
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    The Dutch Girl

    B.223
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    65 x 50 cm (25 5/8 x 19 5/8 in) 
    DE LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (La Hollandaise *)
    The chair on which the Dutch girl sits serves as a support in the still life "Pitcher on a Chair" (B.224).
    Collections
    1947 - Purchased directly by Mr. Louis Riz - France
    Exhibitions
    1944 - Salon d'Automne 1944, Paris, France
    1955 - Galerie André Weill, "Hélène Gallet et Tamara de Lempicka", Paris, France
  • Pitcher on a Chair I
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    Pitcher on a Chair I

    B.224
    1941
    Oil on plywood
    61 x 55,9 cm (24 x 22 in) 
    LEMPICKA 41 (bottom left)
    (Cruche sur une chaise I)
    Upon her arrival in the States, Lempicka resumed her series of rural motifs. Hoping to capture the public, she attained new heights of technical virtuosity. Thus, with still lifes of this sort, she came near to the effects produced by various trompe-l'oeil artists on the fringes of Surrealism, such as the Italian Sciltian.
    Collections
    1976 - Musée d'Art Moderne de St Etienne - France
    Exhibitions
    1942 - Milwaukee Art Center, "Tamara de Lempicka (Baroness Kuffner)", Milwaukee, United States
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • The Coffee Mill
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    The Coffee Mill

    B.225
    circa1941
    Oil on wood panel
    61 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 in) 
    Tamara de Lempicka 1954 (in a cartouche top right)
    (Le moulin à café)
    This work's composition is clearly linked to the artist's 1941 "Pitcher on a Chair I" (B.224). Germain Bazin dates this work to 1940, which seems closer to the truth than the 1954 dating inscribed on the cartouche. The fact that the same pitcher reappears in her 1941 "The Young Dutch Lady" (B.223), speaks in favor of the earlier dating, even though it contradicts the frame inscription.
    Collections
    1976 - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes - France
    Exhibitions
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Still Life with Diana
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    Still Life with Diana

    B.226
    circa1941
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 63,5 cm (20 x 25 in) 
    (Nature morte à la Diane)
    The book lies open at a reproduction of Diana as a huntress, a work credited to an anonymous painter of the School of Fontainebleau (sixteenth century).
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Succulent and Flask
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    Succulent and Flask

    B.227
    circa1941
    Oil on canvas
    55,9 x 45,7 cm (22 x 18 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Plante grasse et fiole)
    Perhaps something is to be deciphered here: if so, it would have to be in the realms of either chemistry or medicine.
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    1996 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
    Auctions
    18/02/1988 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “5687-Twinkie”, # 118 $ 0
    23/06/1989 - PARIS. Charbonneaux., # 52 $ 43 800
  • The Arums
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    The Arums

    B.228
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    76,2 x 50,8 cm (30 x 20 in) 
    DE LEMPICKA. 1941 (top right)
    (Les arums )
    A stray spool of thread lying under the bouquet of arums adds a surprising domestic note to this still life.
    Collections
    1983 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    1984 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1941 - Julien Levy Gallery, "Tamara de Lempicka / (Baroness de Kuffner)", New-York, United States
    1941 - Julien Levy Galleries, "Tamara de Lempicka", Los Angeles, United States
    History
    The CALLA LILIES, Biography, Psychology: What could be the significance of the artist's lifelong passion for arum flowers? In Lempicka's work, the objects selected to compose her still lifes - which often bring to mind riddles to be decoded - usually have a symbolic meaning. In the light of her oeuvre, we can easily guess at the symbolism of the arum flower: the white corolla of course brings the ideal of purity to mind, while the tumescent pistil at its center is the very image of concupiscence. Illustrating the artist's tormented mind, it represents, in a manner of speaking, the unstable marriage of sanctity and lust!
    Auctions
    18/10/1984 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “5262-Pomona” , # 174 $ 44 000
  • The Seashell
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    The Seashell

    B.229
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Le coquillage)
    After arriving in the United States, Lempicka longed for peace (that same year, she painted an allegory of Wisdom [B.221]). The opulence and sensualism of her choice of subjects can be interpreted as a desire to forget Europe and its hardships.
    Collections
    1996 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1941 - Julien Levy Galleries, "Tamara de Lempicka", Los Angeles, United States
    1942 - Milwaukee Art Center, "Tamara de Lempicka (Baroness Kuffner)", Milwaukee, United States
    1961 - Galerie Ror-Volmar, "T. de Lempicka, œuvres récentes et anciennes, 1930-1960", Paris, France
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    Auctions
    11/05/1994 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Miyoko-7904”, # 257 $ 26 000
    21/02/1985 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's "5291-Valentine”, # 70 $ 16 000
    18/02/1988 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “5687-Twinkie”, # 117 $ 0
    25/11/1994 - PARIS. Briest. Drouot Montaigne, # 35 $ 53 860
  • Composition in the Studio
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    Composition in the Studio

    B.230
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in) 
    (Composition dans l'atelier)
    In their catalog of June 14, 1985, Sotheby's of New York indicated that, "according to information provided by Kizette de Lempicka, the artist painted this work at her country house in Connecticut, in 1941."
    Collections
    1985 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    14/06/1985 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's "5358-Plage”, # 104 $ 4 500
  • The Studio Door
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    The Studio Door

    B.231
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (La porte de l'atelier)
    One feature of the country house to which Lempicka had retreated, in Westport (Connecticut).
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Studio in the Country
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    Studio in the Country

    B.232
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Atelier à la campagne)
    Another feature of the country house to which Lempicka had retreated, in Westport (Connecticut).
    Collections
    1982 - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes - France
  • Lemon
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    Lemon

    B.233
    1941
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left)
    (Citron *)
    A lemon in a stable? Why not! The artist gave no justification for such combinations, which, as such, often add an unusual note to her still lifes.
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Still Life with Tangerines
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    Still Life with Tangerines

    B.234
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    35,6 x 45,7 cm (14 x 18 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top left)
    (Nature morte aux mandarines)
    Collections
    1979 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    19/01/1979 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4204”, # 53 $ 1 300
  • Still Life with Pepper and Onion
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    Still Life with Pepper and Onion

    B.235
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 40,5 cm (12 x 16 in) 
    (Nature morte avec poivron et oignon)
    Here, the artist resumes her series of peacefully rustic still lifes.
    Collections
    1987 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    Period 1939 - 1952, Stylistic development: In March 1939, Lempicka arrived in New York, along with her latest paintings. She had also brought along several of her large-scale classics - such as "The Musician" (B.117) - which she planned to display together with the new works. Despite the hassle of settling in and preparing several shows (in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee), she managed to find time for several very ambitious creations, such as "Wisdom" (B.221) and "At the Opera" (B.222), which she had started before leaving. After her last exhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery of Los Angeles, in 1941, the spread of war relegated such mundane events as opening receptions to the sidelines. Consequently, Lempicka withdrew to her country house in Connecticut. Here, she devoted herself to a series of still lifes comprised of commonplace objects, vegetables and fruits, affording her occasion to attain a state of peace far removed from the era's upheavals. She became less sharply precise, attending more to the solidity of her compositions, and using skilfully gradated contours to build up rounded volumes, which nonetheless retain their fullness. Once back in New York, where, given the times, no further portrait commissions were forthcoming, she painted portrait after portrait of idealized young women, gradually defining the norms of a model-face that would become somewhat of an obsession (cf. the series with turban [B.254, B.262]). In parallel, she continued her still lifes, adorning them with drapes in a most classical spirit, or even in a trompe l'oeil vein. At the same time, she began doing copies of works by the Renaissance masters. With the return of peacetime, Lempicka took painful stock of the changes wrought in all realms; in the realm of art, these could only cut her off even more from the mainstream. In January 1949, she left for Italy, where she spent six months. From then on, Lempicka would become a perpetual commuter between New York, Paris, Florence, Capri, Zurich, Monaco, Marrakech, and more.
    Auctions
    06/10/1987 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1215”, # 126 $ 9 500
  • Still Life with Bottle of Milk
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    Still Life with Bottle of Milk

    B.236
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    40,5 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Nature morte à la bouteille de lait)
    Classic drapes enhance the daily fare here.
    Collections
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    Period 1939 - 1952, Stylistic development: In March 1939, Lempicka arrived in New York, along with her latest paintings. She had also brought along several of her large-scale classics - such as "The Musician" (B.117) - which she planned to display together with the new works. Despite the hassle of settling in and preparing several shows (in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee), she managed to find time for several very ambitious creations, such as "Wisdom" (B.221) and "At the Opera" (B.222), which she had started before leaving. After her last exhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery of Los Angeles, in 1941, the spread of war relegated such mundane events as opening receptions to the sidelines. Consequently, Lempicka withdrew to her country house in Connecticut. Here, she devoted herself to a series of still lifes comprised of commonplace objects, vegetables and fruits, affording her occasion to attain a state of peace far removed from the era's upheavals. She became less sharply precise, attending more to the solidity of her compositions, and using skilfully gradated contours to build up rounded volumes, which nonetheless retain their fullness. Once back in New York, where, given the times, no further portrait commissions were forthcoming, she painted portrait after portrait of idealized young women, gradually defining the norms of a model-face that would become somewhat of an obsession (cf. the series with turban [B.254, B.262]). In parallel, she continued her still lifes, adorning them with drapes in a most classical spirit, or even in a trompe l'oeil vein. At the same time, she began doing copies of works by the Renaissance masters. With the return of peacetime, Lempicka took painful stock of the changes wrought in all realms; in the realm of art, these could only cut her off even more from the mainstream. In January 1949, she left for Italy, where she spent six months. From then on, Lempicka would become a perpetual commuter between New York, Paris, Florence, Capri, Zurich, Monaco, Marrakech, and more.
    Auctions
    26/02/1993 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1423”, # 95 $ 17 000
    10/04/1987 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade "1197”, # 96 $ 16 000
  • Carrots
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    Carrots

    B.237
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 28 cm (9 x 11 in) 
    (Carottes)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Wine Bottle and Onions
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    Wine Bottle and Onions

    B.238
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    40,5 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Bouteille de vin et oignons)
    Collections
    1987 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    06/10/1987 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1215”, # 127 $ 9 000
  • Pitcher and Lemons on a Chair
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    Pitcher and Lemons on a Chair

    B.239
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (Cruche et citrons sur une chaise)
    Collections
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    26/02/1993 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1423”, # 92 $ 14 000
    10/04/1987 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade "1197”, # 95 $ 14 000
  • Still Life, Lemons and Plate
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    Still Life, Lemons and Plate

    B.240
    circa1942
    Oil on canvas
    55,9 x 45,7 cm (22 x 18 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Nature morte, citrons et assiette)
    Collections
    1990 - Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hirsc - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Apples in a Fruit Bowl
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    Apples in a Fruit Bowl

    B.241
    circa1943
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top left)
    (Pommes dans une coupe)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    10/10/1990 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1335”, # 74 $ 28 000
  • Bouquet of Primroses
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    Bouquet of Primroses

    B.242
    circa1943
    Oil on wood panel
    15,2 x 20,3 cm (6 x 8 in) 
    (Bouquet de primevères)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • The Mask and Feather I
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    The Mask and Feather I

    B.243
    circa1943
    Oil on wood panel
    49 x 32 cm (19 1/4 x 12 5/8 in) 
    (Le masque et la plume I)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • The Mask and Feather II
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    The Mask and Feather II

    B.244
    circa1943
    Oil on board
    49,5 x 32 cm (19 1/2 x 12 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA (bottom left)
    (Le masque et la plume II)
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    07/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1296”, # 116 $ 27 000
    26/02/1993 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1423”, # 90 $ 20 000
  • Study for the Couple
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    Study for the Couple

    B.245
    circa1943
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 cm (11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in) 
    (Etude pour "le couple")
    This figure, dressed in period style, looks like a film character. In fact, it is the Kuffner's (Russian) butler, portrayed at their home in Beverly Hills.
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    10/10/1990 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1335”, # 154 $ 8 250
  • The Couple
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    The Couple

    B.246
    circa1943
    Oil on canvas
    51,1 x 41,5 cm (20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in) 
    (Le couple)
    Lempicka's fascination with movie studios may have inspired this painting.
    Collections
    1950 - Purchased directly by Sr E. de la Medina - Mexico
    1988 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    06/10/1988 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Gabrielle-6668”, # 134 $ 0
  • Woman with Blue Scarf
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    Woman with Blue Scarf

    B.247
    circa1944
    Oil on mansonite
    45,7 x 37,8 cm (18 x 14 7/8 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Femme à l'écharpe bleue)
    Collections
    1983 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    1985 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    Auctions
    13/11/1985 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Rudolf-6020", # 338 $ 16 000
  • Movie Face
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    Movie Face

    B.248
    circa1944
    Oil on canvas
    22 x 16 cm (8 5/8 x 6 1/4 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Visage de cinéma)
    Just a few years apart from "Portrait of Mrs. G." of 1930 (B.138), to which it bears easy comparison, this little portrait brings to mind an American thriller.
    Collections
    1988 - Private collection - France
  • The Rose Hat
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    The Rose Hat

    B.249
    circa1944
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    30,5 x 20,3 cm (12 x 8 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Le chapeau à la rose)
    The source of light from below the face has a certain cinematographic effect. The face is reminiscent of the one so mysteriously portrayed in "The Green Turban" (B.114).
    Collections
    1981 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
  • Redheaded Girl and Garland of Roses
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    Redheaded Girl and Garland of Roses

    B.250
    circa1944
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 22,9 cm (12 x 9 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Jeune fille rousse et guirlande de roses)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    21/02/1990 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1309”, # 116 $ 22 000
  • Still Life with Lilies and Photo
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    Still Life with Lilies and Photo

    B.251
    circa1944
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 in) 
    (Nature morte avec lys et photo)
    The still life-with-photograph theme reappears one last time here. The face in the medallion is the same as in the preceding (B.250) "Redheaded Girl and Garland of Roses".
    Collections
    1985 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    14/06/1985 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's "5358-Plage”, # 105 $ 4 950
  • Still Life with Lily and Gray Drape
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    Still Life with Lily and Gray Drape

    B.252
    circa1944
    Oil on canvas
    65 x 54 cm (25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA (top right)
    (Nature morte au lys et au drapé gris)
    A lily stalk in a crystal decanter stands out against the purple drape, while a cascade of gray satin takes up the painting's right side. The whole thing could be a shop window at Tiffany's.
    Collections
    1990 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Still Life with Pink Fabric and Lilies
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    Still Life with Pink Fabric and Lilies

    B.253
    circa1944
    Oil on canvas
    65 x 54 cm (25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    LEMPICKA (in a cartouche top right)
    (Nature morte avec étoffe rose et lys)
    A work that is a pendant to, and almost symmetrical with, the preceding painting.
    Collections
    1994 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • The Gray Turban I
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    The Gray Turban I

    B.254
    1945
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 25,4 cm (12 x 10 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (Le turban gris * I)
    This painting appears on the poster for Lempicka's show at the Paris (avenue Matignon) gallery André Weill, in 1945.
    Collections
    1945 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
    Exhibitions
    1955 - Galerie André Weill, "Hélène Gallet et Tamara de Lempicka", Paris, France
  • The Gray Turban II
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    The Gray Turban II

    B.255
    1945
    Oil on plywood
    30 x 24 cm (11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in) 
    LEMPICKA. /1945. (in a cartouche top right)
    (Le turban gris * II)
    The date "1945" was added in pencil under the artist's painted signature.
    Collections
    1976 - Musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais - France
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Profile of Woman with Scarf
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    Profile of Woman with Scarf

    B.256
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    (Femme de profil au foulard)
  • Hands Study
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    Hands Study

    B.257
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    20,3 x 25,5 cm (8 x 10 in) 
    (Etude de mains)
    Collections
    1960 - Purchased directly by Sr E. de la Medina - Mexico
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    09/05/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Eric-6811”, # 125 $ 2 600
  • The Closed Gate
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    The Closed Gate

    B.258
    1945
    Oil on canvas
    20,3 x 25,5 cm (8 x 10 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (La grille fermée *)
    Lempicka reworked this painting's background and signature during the seventies.
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Woman with Red and White Turban
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    Woman with Red and White Turban

    B.259
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 28 cm (13 x 11 in) 
    (Femme au turban rouge et blanc)
    Christie's New York asserts: "Painted in 1942".
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    10/11/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Beat-7363”, # 42 $ 6 000
  • Girl with Pansies
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    Girl with Pansies

    B.260
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    25,4 x 20,3 cm (10 x 8 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Jeune fille aux pensées)
    Auctions
    17/04/1984 - LONDON. Christie's “Ritz” 2879, # 285 $ 4 650
  • Adele with a Turban
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    Adele with a Turban

    B.261
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    21,5 x 15,2 cm (8 1/2 x 6 in) 
    (Adèle au turban)
    The inscription "Adele" on the back of this work is no doubt the model's first name.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • The Orange Turban
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    The Orange Turban

    B.262
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Le turban orange *)
    Certainly, this is the subject which earned the most replicas by the hand of Lempicka. In Lempicka's eyes, it must have represented her determination to avoid undermining the Renaissance masters. A photographic aquatint of this work was printed.
    Collections
    1955 - Purchased directly by Mr. & Mrs. Van den - Belgium
    Exhibitions
    1955 - Galerie André Weill, "Hélène Gallet et Tamara de Lempicka", Paris, France
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • The Orange Turban II
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    The Orange Turban II

    B.263
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Le turban orange II)
    This work has been backdated, on the back, to June 1935. This date seems unlikely, since, except for the background, this painting - belonging to the Lempicka donation to the Museums of France in 1976 - is the exact replica of its twin (same date, same format).
    Collections
    1976 - Musée des Beaux-Arts du Havre - France
    Exhibitions
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
  • The Orange Turban III
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    The Orange Turban III

    B.264
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    42 x 33 cm (16 1/2 x 13 in) 
    (Le turban orange III)
    Collections
    1991 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    05/11/1991 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Audrey-7247”, # 192 $ 11 000
  • Figure with Turban
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    Figure with Turban

    B.265
    circa1945
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 19 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Figure au turban)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • The Pink Turban
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    The Pink Turban

    B.266
    circa1945
    Oil on cardboard
    25,5 x 20,3 cm (10 x 8 in) 
    (Le turban rose)
    During the forties, Lempicka was haunted by a new - youthful and mysterious - face type.
    Collections
    1950 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
  • Portrait of Chacha
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    Portrait of Chacha

    B.267
    circa1946
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    30,5 x 25,4 cm (12 x 10 in) 
    (Portrait de Chacha)
    Chacha was Lempicka's granddaughter. Just as her own grandmother had done for her, Lempicka took Chacha to visit various museums in Italy.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Amethyst
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    Amethyst

    B.268
    1946
    Oil on canvas
    76,2 x 63,5 cm (30 x 25 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. 46. (bottom right)
    (Améthyste *)
    The color mauve ("amethyst") began cropping up in Lempicka's works at about this time. This color became dominant in her oeuvre during the late sixties: a cold color, that makes us want to shiver at the sight of this so far too lightly clothed girl, in the chill of early morning.
    Collections
    1946 - Purchased directly by Mr. A. Atwater Ken - U.S.A.
    1985 - Private collection - Switzerland
    Auctions
    18/10/1985 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's "5372-Mistral”, # 49 $ 20 500
  • Still Life with Apples and Lemons
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    Still Life with Apples and Lemons

    B.269
    circa1946
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 40,6 cm (12 x 16 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Nature morte aux pommes et citrons)
    Half landscape and half still life, this composition very sensually combines the shimmering play of light on silk, and the fullness of ripe fruit.
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - France
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Apples and Lemons Study
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    Apples and Lemons Study

    B.270
    circa1946
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 40,6 cm (13 x 16 in) 
    (Etude de pommes et citrons)
    Study of spherical and ovoid shapes.
    Collections
    1970 - Galerie du Luxembourg - France
    1979 - Private collection - France
  • The Key and the Egg
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    The Key and the Egg

    B.271
    1946
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 21 cm (11 x 8 1/4 in) 
    LEMPICKA (pencilled top left)
    (La clé et l'œuf)
    Here again, Lempicka's still life presents an enigma.
    Collections
    1985 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
  • A Trompe-l'oeil Painting with a Botticelli
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    A Trompe-l'oeil Painting with a Botticelli

    B.272
    circa1946
    Oil on wood panel
    41 x 33 cm (16 1/8 x 13 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Trompe-l’œil au Botticelli)
    A reproduction of a Madonna by Botticelli has been thumbtacked to the wood panel (the background is not painted), and a key hangs from a ribbon to the right, achieving a trompe-l'oeil effect. The message could not be clearer: the key to Art lies in the works of the Renaissance masters.
    Collections
    1985 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1955 - Galerie André Weill, "Hélène Gallet et Tamara de Lempicka", Paris, France
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • The Key
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    The Key

    B.273
    circa1946
    Oil on canvas
    48,3 x 35,6 cm (19 x 14 in) 
    (empty cartouche top right)
    (La clé *)
    This strange and morbid composition speaks of unresolved anxieties. Is this the same book that "Wisdom" (B.221) - painted several years before - is reading?
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - Germany
  • Surrealist Hand
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    Surrealist Hand

    B.274
    circa1947
    Oil on canvas
    71,1 x 50,8 cm (28 x 20 in) 
    (Main surréaliste)
    The same cast of a flayed hand appears in "The Key" (B.273).
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    05/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Peter-6908”, # 149 $ 13 000
    20/04/1996 - PHILADELPHIA. Freeman Fine Arts, # 1197 $ 12 000
  • City of Rocks I
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    City of Rocks I

    B.275
    circa1947
    Oil on canvas
    35,6 x 25,4 cm (14 x 10 in) 
    DE LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Ville des rochers * I)
    This work and the following one (B.276) are rather untypical of Lempicka's work: she confided that they were inspired by the war that had devastated Europe.
    Collections
    1987 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    23/11/1987 - PARIS. Loudmer, # 124 $ 4 850
    05/05/1986 - PARIS. Renaud., # 26 $ 0
  • City of Rocks II
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    City of Rocks II

    B.276
    circa1947
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    35,6 x 25,4 cm (14 x 10 in) 
    (Ville des rochers * II)
    Collections
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    05/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Peter-6908”, # 148 $ 11 000
    26/02/1993 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1423”, # 96 $ 9 500
  • Orchid in the Cuernevaca Forest
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    Orchid in the Cuernevaca Forest

    B.277
    circa1947
    Oil on canvas
    65 x 54 cm (25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    LEMPICKA (bottom right)
    (Orchidée dans la forêt de Cuernavaca)
    Lempicka never reverted to this very atypical stylistic approach.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - Italy
    Auctions
    13/12/1990 - MILANO. Finarte 0-12-040, # 461 $ 85 500
    10/03/1992 - MILANO. Nuova Breraarte, # 65 $ 0
    19/11/1992 - ROME. Finarte, 2-11-097, # 262 $ 52 100
    21/06/1994 - MILANO. Finarte, "906", # 313 $ 50 200
  • The Mexican Woman
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    The Mexican Woman

    B.278
    circa1947
    Oil on plywood
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (La mexicaine *)
    This work is almost a repeat of "Wisdom" (B.221), which was painted seven years before. Seven trying years, judging from the rags worn by the young woman, and her look of disillusionment, by contrast with the serenity emanating from the earlier of the two.
    Collections
    1982 - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes - France
    Exhibitions
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Portrait of Beautiful M. I
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    Portrait of Beautiful M. I

    B.279
    1948
    Oil on canvas
    92 x 60 cm (36 1/4 x 23 5/8 in) 
    (Portrait de la belle M. * I)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    25/02/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Cavallini-7408”, # 53 $ 19 000
    03/05/1992 - PARIS. Libert, Castor, # 47 $ 0
    10/02/1993 - PARIS. Loudmer, # 61 $ 0
    17/06/1992 - circa AILLES. Machoïr & Bailly, # 106 $ 30 200
  • Portrait of Beautiful M. II
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    Portrait of Beautiful M. II

    B.280
    circa1948
    Oil on canvas
    81 x 60 cm (31 7/8 x 23 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Portrait de la belle M. * II)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Portrait in da Vinci's Taste
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    Portrait in da Vinci's Taste

    B.281
    circa1948
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    (Portrait dans le goût de Vinci)
    In this work, Lempicka uses a mirror to recapture numerous elements from Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Ginevra Benci. In Lempicka's circa ion, however, the aristocratic model is granted full lips, in the place of the rather enigmatic pout attributed to her by da Vinci.
    Collections
    Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Portrait after Dürer
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    Portrait after Dürer

    B.282
    circa1948
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 28 cm (13 3/8 x 11 in) 
    (Portrait d'aprés Dürer)
    Based on Dürer's very virile portrait of a man (cf. his "Lamentation of Christ"), Lempicka depicts a slightly androgynous, and quite timeless, figure.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • The Coffeepot
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    The Coffeepot

    B.283
    1949
    Oil on mansonite
    40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (La cafetière)
    Collections
    1985 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1941 - Julien Levy Galleries, "Tamara de Lempicka", Los Angeles, United States
    1942 - Milwaukee Art Center, "Tamara de Lempicka (Baroness Kuffner)", Milwaukee, United States
    1961 - Galerie Ror-Volmar, "T. de Lempicka, œuvres récentes et anciennes, 1930-1960", Paris, France
    Auctions
    21/02/1985 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's "5291-Valentine”, # 69 $ 7 700
  • The Bowl of Grapes
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    The Bowl of Grapes

    B.284
    1949
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 35,6 cm (12 x 14 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (La coupe de raisin)
    Lempicka's overall handling of this subject, and the signature on the cartouche, link this still life to the next two works (B.285 et B.286), dated 1949.
    Collections
    1976 - Musée National d'Art Moderne - Paris
  • Fruits in a Bowl I
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    Fruits in a Bowl I

    B.285
    1949
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    30,5 x 40,6 cm (12 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. 1949 (in a cartouche bottom left)
    (Fruits dans une coupe I)
    Collections
    1976 - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes - France
    Exhibitions
    1955 - Galerie André Weill, "Hélène Gallet et Tamara de Lempicka", Paris, France
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    1994 - Accademia di Francia (Villa Medici), "Tamara de Lempicka/ Tra eleganza e trasgressione", Rome, Italy
  • Still Life of Fruits and Silk Drape
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    Still Life of Fruits and Silk Drape

    B.286
    1949
    Oil on canvas
    39,5 x 48,3 cm (15 1/2 x 19 in) 
    LEMPICKA./1949 (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Nature morte de fruits et drapé de soie)
    A wide-striped silk square again acts as a support to this magnificent still life.
    Collections
    1986 - Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Univer - U.S.A.
  • Still Life with Seashells
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    Still Life with Seashells

    B.287
    circa1949
    Oil on canvas
    39,4 x 48,3 cm (15 1/2 x 19 in) 
    (Nature morte aux coquillages)
    Silk, mother-of-pearl, and Murano glassware all join in a symphonic play of shimmering light achieved by a virtuoso painter. This work is a pendant to the 1949 still life preceding it (B.286), even if it shows more stylistic affinity with "Seashell" of 1941 (B.229).
    Collections
    1949 - Unknown collection -
  • Lilies and Yellow Roses
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    Lilies and Yellow Roses

    B.288
    circa1949
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 24 cm (13 x 9 1/2 in) 
    LEMPICKA (bottom right)
    (Lys et roses jaunes)
    A study.
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Hands and Flowers
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    Hands and Flowers

    B.289
    circa1949
    Oil on canvas
    31,5 x 25 cm (12 3/8 x 9 7/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left)
    (Mains et fleurs)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hand Holding a Spray of Flowers
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    Hand Holding a Spray of Flowers

    B.290
    circa1949
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 28 cm (9 x 11 in) 
    (Main tenant une gerbe de fleurs)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Fruit Bowl
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    Fruit Bowl

    B.291
    circa1949
    Oil on canvas
    49 x 36 cm (19 1/4 x 14 1/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Coupe de fruits)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Study after Botticelli
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    Study after Botticelli

    B.292
    circa1950
    Oil on canvas
    22,9 x 30,5 cm (9 x 12 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA (bottom right)
    (Etude d'aprés Botticelli)
    Painted on unbleached linen left as such.
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - Mexico
    1995 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1996 - Barry Friedman Ltd. "Tamara de Lempicka", New-York, United States
  • Study after Caravaggio
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    Study after Caravaggio

    B.293
    circa1950
    Oil on canvas
    25,5 x 20,3 cm (10 x 8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Etude d'aprés le Caravage)
    Pendant to the preceding painting (B.292).
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - Mexico
    1995 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1996 - Barry Friedman Ltd. "Tamara de Lempicka", New-York, United States
  • Sketch of a Female Figure
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    Sketch of a Female Figure

    B.294
    circa1950
    24 x 19 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in) 
    (Esquisse d'une figure féminine)
    A work left at the sketch stage.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Figure Study
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    Figure Study

    B.295
    circa1950
    Oil on cardboard
    22 x 16 cm (8 5/8 x 6 1/4 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Etude de figure)
    Collections
    1970 - Private collection - France
  • Bouquet of Tulips and Cast of a Hand
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    Bouquet of Tulips and Cast of a Hand

    B.296
    circa1950
    Oil on canvas
    35,5 x 31 cm (14 x 12 1/4 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Bouquet de tulipes et moulage de main)
    The mauve background looks as if it was added in the late sixties.
    Collections
    1950 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection
  • Antique Cast with Dove
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    Antique Cast with Dove

    B.297
    circa1950
    Oil on canvas
    41 x 33 cm (16 1/8 x 13 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Plâtre d'antique à la colombe)
    The return of the white dove... here performing a mysterious act. The plaster model appears on a photo by Willy Maywald (DOC.75).
    Collections
    1987 - Private collection -
    History
    The symbol of DOVE, Biography, Psychology: The dove first appears in Lempicka's portrait of her daughter as "The Communicant" (B.102); it recurs in several works. As the symbol of purity and peace, Aphrodite's bird is also depicted as the messenger of desire (see "Nude with Dove" [B.104] and "Myrto [B.118]). When dead, it of course means that the love message was not heard ("Woman with Dove", B.153).
    Auctions
    01/07/1987 - LONDON. Sotheby's “ Berck”, # 277 $ 41 700
  • Night Scene
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    Night Scene

    B.298
    1950
    Oil on canvas
    56 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in) 
    Kuffner (on the back of the canvas)
    (Paysage de nuit *)
    The artist pays tribute to the Renaissance with this strange, somewhat Surrealist "arrangement" of the bust of David by Andréa del Verrochio. The dubious pendants were slightly enlarged in Lempicka's circa ion.
    Collections
    1950 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
    Exhibitions
    1950 - Salon des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs, Paris, France
  • The Guitarist
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    The Guitarist

    B.299
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    (La guitariste)
    Collections
    1951 - Unknown collection -
  • The Reader I
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    The Reader I

    B.300
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    78,7 x 56 cm (31 x 22 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom left)
    (La liseuse I)
    Dressed in a Flemish costume, a young lady is shown reading, or rather leafing through, a book. The background decor brings to mind the apartment in New York (Doc.73) where Lempicka set herself up in 1942.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    History
    The duplex apart. on FIFTY SEVENTH STREET, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), No., 1989: "In 1942, after a short stay in Hollywood, the Kuffners bought a duplex apartment at 322 East 57th Street in New York, where they resided until the baron's death in 1962. Tamara chose the same "palette" to decorate her new residence as for her Parisian studio, subtle gradations of gray and yellow... Instead of the contemporary style she had so loved, the new furnishings were composed of Italian Rococo antiques.
  • Hotel Room
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    Hotel Room

    B.301
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    66 x 45,7 cm (26 x 18 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Chambre d'hôtel)
    After arums, tulips were certainly Lempicka's favorite flowers.
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - Italy
    Auctions
    24/10/1990 - MILANO. Finarte, ”754”, # ? $ 143 600
  • Interior
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    Interior

    B.302
    circa1951
    Oil on cardboard
    40,5 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Interieur )
    Collections
    1950 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
  • The Gray Armchair
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    The Gray Armchair

    B.303
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    31,5 x 24,5 cm (12 3/8 x 9 5/8 in) 
    (Le fauteuil gris)
    A corner of the Kuffner's New York apartment (DOC.73).
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Nude with Straw Hat
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    Nude with Straw Hat

    B.304
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 45,7 cm (24 x 18 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Nu au chapeau de paille)
    Lempicka, who collected hats, wears the same wide roll-rimmed hat as her model, on a photo taken in 1939 (see "Anonymous. Lempicka seated", DOC.66).
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    18/02/1988 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “5687-Twinkie”, # 119 $ 0
    23/06/1989 - PARIS. Charbonneaux., # 53 $ 59 400
  • Nude with Cut Arm
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    Nude with Cut Arm

    B.305
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Nu au bras coupé)
    This very strange study inclines us to see a parody of synthesis, between the flesh and blood model here, and the ancient cast with a cut arm that appears in the preceding painting (B.304).
    Collections
    1990 - Galleria Maray - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    17/02/1988 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1232”, # 12 $ 3 575
  • Standing Nude, Seen from Behind
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    Standing Nude, Seen from Behind

    B.306
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    45,7 x 35,6 cm (18 x 14 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Nu debout, vu de dos)
    Collections
    1979 - Galleries Maurice Sternberg - U.S.A.
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    09/05/1994 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Beth-7553”, # 159 $ 26 000
    19/01/1979 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4204”, # 50 $ 1 300
  • Nude with Pitcher I
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    Nude with Pitcher I

    B.307
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 50 cm (24 x 19 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Nu à la cruche I)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • At the Theater
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    At the Theater

    B.308
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    41 x 33 cm (16 1/8 x 13 in) 
    (Au théatre)
    Here, Lempicka reverts, in far more sedate manner, to the subject of her 1941 painting "At the Opera" (B.222).
    Collections
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    26/02/1993 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1423”, # 90 $ 10 000
  • Portrait of a Girl
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    Portrait of a Girl

    B.309
    circa1951
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left)
    (Portrait d'une jeune fille)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Androgynous Figure
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    Androgynous Figure

    B.310
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    17,5 x 13 cm (6 7/8 x 5 1/8 in) 
    (Figure androgyne)
    A charming figure with piercing eyes.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Woman with Hat
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    Woman with Hat

    B.311
    1952
    Oil on canvas
    91,4 x 61 cm (36 x 24 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left and DE LEMPICKA. top right)
    (Femme au chapeau *)
    Lempicka pencilled its title onto the back of this painting, once again underscoring her enthusiasm for such a circa atile fashion accessory as hats. The hat featured here is one of the artist's own creations; it is on display at the Paris Musée de la Mode, to which she donated it.
    Collections
    1976 - Musée d'Art Moderne de St Etienne - France
    Exhibitions
    1961 - Galerie Ror-Volmar, "T. de Lempicka, œuvres récentes et anciennes, 1930-1960", Paris, France
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Girl with White Shawl
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    Girl with White Shawl

    B.312
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    45,7 x 35,5 cm (18 x 14 in) 
    (Jeune fille au châle blanc)
    The face was never completed.
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    18/02/1990 - PARIS. Charbonneaux., # 19 $ 19 900
    17/12/1989 - PARIS. Charbonneaux. Drouot Montaigne, # 14 $ 0
  • Oranges in a Basket
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    Oranges in a Basket

    B.313
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    37 x 47,5 cm (14 5/8 x 18 3/4 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (Oranges dans un panier)
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    07/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1296”, # 114 $ 0
  • Grapes in a Basket
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    Grapes in a Basket

    B.314
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    20,3 x 25,5 cm (8 x 10 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Raisins dans un panier)
    Collections
    1990 - Collection of Mr. et Mrs. Augier - France
    Auctions
    21/02/1990 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1309”, # 123 $ 9 000
  • Bouquet in a Bowl
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    Bouquet in a Bowl

    B.315
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 35 cm (10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Bouquet dans une coupe)
    Collections
    1952 - Purchased directly by Mr. Spiros Skouras - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    13/06/1980 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4395”, # 468 $ 0
  • Vase with Flowers
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    Vase with Flowers

    B.316
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    40,6 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left)
    (Vase de fleurs)
    Collections
    1988 - Private collection - Switzerland
    Auctions
    06/10/1988 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Gabrielle-6668”, # 61 $ 30 000
    23/11/1996 - LUZERN. Galerie Auktion Burkard "42", # 67 $ 23 790
  • Roses in a Vase
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    Roses in a Vase

    B.317
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (Roses dans un vase)
    Collections
    1955 - Purchased directly by Sr E. de la Medina - Mexico
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    16/02/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Vicki-6762”, # 62 $ 20 000
  • Apple, Quince, Grapes I
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    Apple, Quince, Grapes I

    B.318
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 40,5 cm (12 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Pomme, coing, raisins I)
    Collections
    1952 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
  • Apple, Grapes I
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    Apple, Grapes I

    B.319
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 40,6 cm (12 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA (in a cartouche top right)
    (Pomme, raisins I)
    Collections
    1955 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
  • Bowl, Drapery, Fruits
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    Bowl, Drapery, Fruits

    B.320
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    LEMPICKA (in a cartouche top right)
    (Coupe, drapé, fruits)
    Collections
    1952 - Unknown collection
  • Still Life with Succulent
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    Still Life with Succulent

    B.321
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    24 x 18 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/8 in) 
    (Nature morte à la plante grasse)
    Collections
    1969 - Private collection - France
  • Still Life with Lemons
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    Still Life with Lemons

    B.322
    circa1952
    Oil on canvas
    35,5 x 56 cm (14 x 22 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top left)
    (Nature morte aux citrons)
    This austere, altar-like composition, brings to mind the pure lines of still lifes by Georges Rohner.
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    13/06/1980 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4395”, # 467 $ 2 500