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Stylistic development
 
Lempicka's travel frenzy may have been inspired, at least at first, by the need to escape the artistic turmoil going on in her mind at the time. Refusing to let the era get the better of her, she plunged heart and soul into abstraction. She started out with a composite style, to lend each work a theme through a few figurative elements; she then gradually allowed these to merge into the abstraction of interlacing lines. Gradually, she began producing more purely abstract compositions, punctuated by geometric forms devoid of volume. Endeavoring to keep from losing her hand at portraiture, she undertook a first series of replicas of her best paintings from the thirties. Perhaps she hoped this would stimulate a new creative surge; unfortunately, nothing of the sort came to pass. Thus, by the late fifties, Lempicka was again searching her way artistically. A small monograph published in 1957, for an exhibition in Rome, presents only works dating ten to fifteen years earlier, testifying to the artist's doubts with respect to her more recent production.
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Woman Wearing a Turban
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Abstract composition with Grape Bunch
spacerAutumn
Autumn
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Abstract Composition with Key
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Abstract Composition
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spacerAbstract Composition with Building
Abstract Composition with Building
spacerBlue and Black Abstract Composition
Blue and Black Abstract Composition
spacerAbstract Composition with Balustrade
Abstract Composition with Balustrade
spacerWoman and Child (abstract)
Woman and Child (abstract)
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Two Kneeling Figures
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spacerThe Reader II
The Reader II
spacerAbstract composition
Abstract composition
spacerAbstract Composition with Clouds
Abstract Composition with Clouds
spacerAbstract Composition in Red and Blue I
Abstract Composition in Red and Blue I
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Abstract Composition in Red and Blue II
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spacerThe Grandmother
The Grandmother
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Tormented Man Figure
spacerStudy for the Portrait of Gino Puglisi
Study for the Portrait of Gino Puglisi
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Portrait of Gino Puglisi
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Portrait of Gino Puglisi
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spacerPortrait of Jacques Rosselli I
Portrait of Jacques Rosselli I
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Portrait of Jacques Rosselli II
spacerPortrait of Kizette as an Adult I
Portrait of Kizette as an Adult I
spacerPortrait of Kizette as an Adult II
Portrait of Kizette as an Adult II
spacerPortrait of Baron Kuffner in Old Age
Portrait of Baron Kuffner in Old Age
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spacerPortrait of Baron Kuffner in an Armchair
Portrait of Baron Kuffner in an Armchair
spacerGirl with a Crown
Girl with a Crown
spacerWoman with White Turban I
Woman with White Turban I
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Woman with White Turban II
spacerWoman with White Turban III
Woman with White Turban III
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spacerTwo Madonnas
Two Madonnas
spacerAbstract Composition
Abstract Composition
spacerAbstract Composition with Swirls
Abstract Composition with Swirls
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Abstract Composition
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Abstract Composition with Flying Leaves
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spacerAbstract Composition with White Rectangles
Abstract Composition with White Rectangles
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Abstract Composition in Blue no. 1
spacerAbstract Composition in Blue no. 2
Abstract Composition in Blue no. 2
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Abstract Composition
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Abstract Composition
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spacerAbstract Composition in Gray and Pink
Abstract Composition in Gray and Pink
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Abstract Composition in Black and Gray
spacerAbstract Composition in Blue and White
Abstract Composition in Blue and White
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Abstract Composition
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Abstract Composition
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Abstract Composition
spacerThe Reader III (abstract)
The Reader III (abstract)
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Abstract Composition
spacerMadonina II
Madonina II
spacerThe Dutch Girl II
The Dutch Girl II
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spacerThe Model II
The Model II
spacerPortrait of a Little Girl II
Portrait of a Little Girl II
spacerThe Arums II
The Arums II
spacerThe Arums III
The Arums III
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The Arums IV
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spacerSuzanne Bathing II
Suzanne Bathing II
spacerThe Orange Turban IV
The Orange Turban IV
spacerThe Breton Girl II
The Breton Girl II
spacerWisdom II
Wisdom II
spacerThe Blue Hour II
The Blue Hour II
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spacerRaphaela in Mauve
Raphaela in Mauve
spacerLa belle Rafaëla II
La belle Rafaëla II
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  • Woman Wearing a Turban
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    Woman Wearing a Turban

    A.218
    circa1956
    Aquatint
    32,5 x 25,5 cm (12 3/4 x 10 in) 
    (Femme au turban)
    Aquatint after "The Orange Turban". See B.262.
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    07/06/1993 - ?. Ketterer Kunst, # 806 $ 0
    28/05/1994 - ?. De Vuyst, # 101 $ 0
    24/03/1994 - PARIS. Briest, # 165 $ 539
  • Abstract composition with Grape Bunch
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    Abstract composition with Grape Bunch

    B.323
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (Composition abstraite avec grappe)
    Reverting to "Autumn" (B.324), here, the composition has been compressed lengthwise, lest it be the opposite! In either case, the process involved is a strange one.
    Collections
    1988 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    17/02/1988 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1232”, # 11 $ 7 975
  • Autumn
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    Autumn

    B.324
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    86,5 x 106,5 cm (34 x 41 7/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (L'Automne *)
    An anamorphic work enlarging upon "Abstract Composition with Grape Bunch" (B.323).
    Collections
    1992 - Collection of Mr. et Mrs. Augier - France
    Exhibitions
    1972 - Galerie du Luxembourg, "Tamara de Lempicka de 1925 à 1935", Paris, France
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
    Auctions
    25/02/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Cavallini-7408”, # 64 $ 18 000
    11/07/1992 - ARLES. F. Holz, # 194 $ 56 600
  • Abstract Composition with Key
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    Abstract Composition with Key

    B.325
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    65 x 54 cm (25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    (Composition abstraite à la clé)
    Despite a new key, the enigma remains in its entirety.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    29/09/1994 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade "1482", # 110 $ 6 325
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.326
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (Composition abstraite)
    In a first circa ion, the string was held by a hand depicted in realist manner, making a composite work - half abstract, half figurative - of this composition.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Abstract Composition with Building
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    Abstract Composition with Building

    B.327
    circa1953
    Oil on wood panel
    24 x 19 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite à l'immeuble)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Blue and Black Abstract Composition
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    Blue and Black Abstract Composition

    B.328
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    48 x 30,5 cm (18 7/8 x 12 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite bleue et noire)
    Refers back to "Abstract Composition with Building" (B.327), this time without the windows.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Abstract Composition with Balustrade
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    Abstract Composition with Balustrade

    B.329
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    146 x 89 cm (57 1/2 x 35 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite à la balustrade)
    The back of the painting bears a label referring to the "Section Musicalistes, Abstraits, Non-figuratifs du Salon des Artistes Indépendants".
    Collections
    1987 - Private collection - France
    Exhibitions
    1972 - Galerie du Luxembourg, "Tamara de Lempicka de 1925 à 1935", Paris, France
    Auctions
    27/11/1987 - PARIS. Charbonneaux., # 25 $ 33 333
  • Woman and Child (abstract)
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    Woman and Child (abstract)

    B.330
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (Femme et enfant, abstrait)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Two Kneeling Figures
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    Two Kneeling Figures

    B.331
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 45,7 cm (24 x 18 in) 
    LEMPICKA (top right)
    (Deux personnages agenouillés)
    Collections
    1965 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    02/04/1981 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4570”, # 128 $ 0
  • The Reader II
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    The Reader II

    B.332
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    (La liseuse II)
    An abstract circa ion of a subject previously handled in conventional manner (see "The Reader", B.300). The interlaced lines yield the outline of the young lady reading.
    Collections
    1953 - Unknown collection -
  • Abstract composition
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    Abstract composition

    B.333
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    T.L.28 (bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite)
    Here, as in many cases where Lempicka signed her numerous works in her last years, the date given beside the monogram is most unreliable. The published photo of this work was taken before the artist had signed the painting.
    Collections
    1953 - Unknown collection -
  • Abstract Composition with Clouds
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    Abstract Composition with Clouds

    B.334
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 46 cm (21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in) 
    (Composition abstraite aux nuages)
    A composition reminiscent of Arcimboldo.
    Collections
    1953 - Unknown collection -
  • Abstract Composition in Red and Blue I
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    Abstract Composition in Red and Blue I

    B.335
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    40,5 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA. (top left)
    (Composition abstraite en rouge et bleu I)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    18/02/1990 - PARIS. Charbonneaux., # 22 $ 10 400
  • Abstract Composition in Red and Blue II
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    Abstract Composition in Red and Blue II

    B.336
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    116 x 89 cm (45 5/8 x 35 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite en rouge et bleu II)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - France
    Exhibitions
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
  • The Grandmother
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    The Grandmother

    B.337
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    40,6 x 30,48 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    (La grand-mère)
    The lower part, left in white, shows the drawing that explains this work: a little girl is learning how to draw with her grandmother. The autobiographical nature of this unfinished painting is no secret.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Tormented Man Figure
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    Tormented Man Figure

    B.338
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    40,5 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    (Figure d’homme tourmenté)
    This is the portrait of the artist's valet, a man of rather indelicate nature, as was the tradition in the family.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Study for the Portrait of Gino Puglisi
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    Study for the Portrait of Gino Puglisi

    B.339
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 25,4 cm (12 x 10 in) 
    (Etude pour le portrait de Gino Puglisi)
    Collections
    1950 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
  • Portrait of Gino Puglisi
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    Portrait of Gino Puglisi

    B.340
    circa1953
    Oil on canvas
    22,9 x 15,2 cm (9 x 6 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom right)
    (Portrait de Gino Puglisi)
    Collections
    1996 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    History
    Gino PUGLISI, Family or close friend: Gino Puglisi was born in 1898, the same year as Lempicka; he died in Rome in 1992. Lempicka and Puglisi met in 1933, and the latter remained the artist's most faithful friend to the day of her death. He was a pilot who lived in Sicily (Catane), where he is said to have directed an art gallery. He moved to Rome in 1950. Besides works by Tamara de Lempicka, he also collected pieces by Maryette Lydis, Madeleine Luka, and Marie Laurencin.
    Auctions
    05/07/1988 - PARIS. Renaud, # 24 $ 7 900
    16/04/1996 - PARIS. Tajan, Drouot Montaigne, # 161 $ 20 588
  • Portrait of Gino Puglisi
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    Portrait of Gino Puglisi

    B.341
    circa1954
    Oil on cardboard
    30,5 x 25 cm (12 x 9 7/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top left)
    (Portrait de Gino Puglisi)
    Collections
    1955 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
    History
    Gino PUGLISI, Family or close friend: Gino Puglisi was born in 1898, the same year as Lempicka; he died in Rome in 1992. Lempicka and Puglisi met in 1933, and the latter remained the artist's most faithful friend to the day of her death. He was a pilot who lived in Sicily (Catane), where he is said to have directed an art gallery. He moved to Rome in 1950. Besides works by Tamara de Lempicka, he also collected pieces by Maryette Lydis, Madeleine Luka, and Marie Laurencin.
  • Portrait of Jacques Rosselli I
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    Portrait of Jacques Rosselli I

    B.342
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left)
    (Portrait de Jacques Rosselli I)
    Collections
    1954 - Purchased directly by Mr. Jacques Rossel - France
    1988 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    05/12/1988 - PARIS. Cornette de St C. , # 70 $ 11 667
  • Portrait of Jacques Rosselli II
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    Portrait of Jacques Rosselli II

    B.343
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    30,5 x 25,5 cm (12 x 10 in) 
    (Portrait de Jacques Rosselli II)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Portrait of Kizette as an Adult I
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    Portrait of Kizette as an Adult I

    B.344
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    (Portrait de Kizette adulte I)
    Collections
    1997 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
    History
    Her Daughter KIZETTE, Family or close friend: Lempicka gave birth to her daughter at a very young age. Quite early on, she used Kizette as a model, painting her through a marvelling eye. The five large-scale portraits she did of Kizette, between 1923 and 1933, remain among the most noteworthy of her artistic accomplishments. Baroness de Lempicka-Foxhall, as Kizette has now become, gathered together her recollections and, with the help of Charles Phillips, published them in the form of a biography in 1987: Passion by Design, The Art and Times of Tamara de Lempicka, op.cit.
    Auctions
    14/11/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's East“Viking -6909”, # 217 $ 5 800
    12/07/1990 - PARIS. Cornette de St C. , # 50 $ 15 900
    26/05/1991 - circa AILLES. Perrin, R., L. Hôt. des C-L, # 118 $ 8 700
  • Portrait of Kizette as an Adult II
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    Portrait of Kizette as an Adult II

    B.345
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    22 x 16 cm (8 5/8 x 6 1/4 in) 
    (Portrait de Kizette adulte II)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    History
    Her Daughter KIZETTE, Family or close friend: Lempicka gave birth to her daughter at a very young age. Quite early on, she used Kizette as a model, painting her through a marvelling eye. The five large-scale portraits she did of Kizette, between 1923 and 1933, remain among the most noteworthy of her artistic accomplishments. Baroness de Lempicka-Foxhall, as Kizette has now become, gathered together her recollections and, with the help of Charles Phillips, published them in the form of a biography in 1987: Passion by Design, The Art and Times of Tamara de Lempicka, op.cit.
  • Portrait of Baron Kuffner in Old Age
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    Portrait of Baron Kuffner in Old Age

    B.346
    circa1954
    Oil on cardboard
    30,5 x 22,9 cm (12 x 9 in) 
    (Portrait du baron Kuffner agé)
    Collections
    1986 - Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Univer - 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).
  • Portrait of Baron Kuffner in an Armchair
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    Portrait of Baron Kuffner in an Armchair

    B.347
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 45,7 cm (24 x 18 in) 
    (Portrait du Baron Kuffner dans un fauteuil)
    Collections
    1992 - 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: Palnomania-Capitalism makes Sense (Richard R. Smith Publishers).
    Auctions
    10/11/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Beat-7363”, # 141 $ 13 000
  • Girl with a Crown
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    Girl with a Crown

    B.348
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    (Jeune fille couronnée)
    Collections
    1985 - Barry Friedman Ltd. - U.S.A.
  • Woman with White Turban I
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    Woman with White Turban I

    B.349
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    35,5 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in) 
    (Femme au turban blanc I)
    In this replica, as in the following one, the outline of the face shows - more than repentance - uncertainty.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Woman with White Turban II
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    Woman with White Turban II

    B.350
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    (Femme au turban blanc II)
    In this variant of the preceding work, a pearl necklace has been added.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    29/09/1994 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade, # 110B $ 16 100
  • Woman with White Turban III
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    Woman with White Turban III

    B.351
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Femme au turban blanc III)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • Two Madonnas
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    Two Madonnas

    B.352
    circa1954
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 35 cm (10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in) 
    (Deux madones)
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - Japan
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
    Auctions
    05/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Peter-6908”, # 110 $ 16 000
    26/11/1989 - circa AILLES. Perrin, R., L. Hôt. des C-L, # 110 $ 23 438
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.353
    1955
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    (Composition abstraite bleue)
    Collections
    1957 - Fonds National d'Art Contemporain
    Exhibitions
    1961 - Galerie Ror-Volmar, "T. de Lempicka, œuvres récentes et anciennes, 1930-1960", Paris, France
  • Abstract Composition with Swirls
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    Abstract Composition with Swirls

    B.354
    1955
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. 1955. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite aux tourbillons)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.355
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA 35 (bottom left)
    (Composition abstraite)
    Although it might be dated 1935, the style, harmony, and rhythm of this painting indisputably are in the same vein as in the two preceding works(B.353 et B.354), which are very legibly dated 1955. This inconsistency here was most probably induced by the artist's back dating of this work, a somewhat derisory conceit that is not infrequent among modern painters.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    26/02/1993 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1423”, # 93 $ 8 000
    11/07/1993 - ARLES. F. Holz, # 151 $ 0
    14/07/1994 - LES BAUX DE PROVENCE. Holz, # 120 $ 12 678
  • Abstract Composition with Flying Leaves
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    Abstract Composition with Flying Leaves

    B.356
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite aux feuilles volantes)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Abstract Composition with White Rectangles
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    Abstract Composition with White Rectangles

    B.357
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 in) 
    (Composition abstraite aux rectangles blancs)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Abstract Composition in Blue no. 1
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    Abstract Composition in Blue no. 1

    B.358
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite en bleu n°1)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - Switzerland
    Auctions
    18/02/1990 - PARIS. Charbonneaux., # 21 $ 12 000
  • Abstract Composition in Blue no. 2
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    Abstract Composition in Blue no. 2

    B.359
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    50,8 x 40,5 cm (20 x 16 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite en bleu n°2)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    09/05/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Will-7311”, # 177 $ 2 800
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.360
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    86,4 x 106,7 cm (34 x 42 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite)
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    25/02/1992 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Cavallini-7408”, # 86 $ 15 000
    12/05/1993 - GENEVE. Kohn , # ? $ 0
    27/05/1992 - GENEVE. Kohn , # 295 $ 0
    16/10/1993 - PARIS. Cornette de St C. Drouot Montaigne, # 46 $ 0
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.361
    circa1955
    Oil on canvas
    79 x 56 cm (31 1/8 x 22 in) 
    (Composition abstraite)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    15/04/1992 - PARIS. Poulain, Le Fur, # 85 $ 4 700
  • Abstract Composition in Gray and Pink
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    Abstract Composition in Gray and Pink

    B.362
    circa1956
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 50,8 cm (24 x 20 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite en gris et rose)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Abstract Composition in Black and Gray
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    Abstract Composition in Black and Gray

    B.363
    circa1956
    Oil on canvas
    68,5 x 50,8 cm (27 x 20 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Composition abstraite en noir et gris)
    It would come as no surprise to find a figure or an outline buried under these interlaced lines.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Abstract Composition in Blue and White
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    Abstract Composition in Blue and White

    B.364
    circa1956
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    35,6 x 25,5 cm (14 x 10 in) 
    (Composition abstraite bleue et blanche )
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.365
    circa1956
    Oil on cardboard
    33 x 24 cm (13 x 9 1/2 in) 
    (Composition abstraite)
    Collections
    1986 - Private collection - France
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.366
    circa1956
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA. (top center)
    (Composition abstraite)
    Collections
    1955 - Purchased directly by Mr. Gino Puglisi - Italy
    1992 - Private collection -
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.367
    circa1956
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    (Composition abstraite )
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • The Reader III (abstract)
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    The Reader III (abstract)

    B.368
    circa1956
    Oil on canvas
    63,5 x 53,5 cm (25 x 21 1/8 in) 
    (La liseuse III, abstrait)
    Thanks to the book that can be recognized at the center of this work, the viewer has no trouble discovering - buried under the work's tortuous composition - a few lines borrowed from the outlines of "The Reader" (B.300).
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    Exhibitions
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.369
    1957
    Oil on canvas
    54 x 81 cm (21 1/4 x 31 7/8 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (Composition abstraite)
    Collections
    1972 - Purchased directly by Mr. & Mrs. Van den - Belgium
    Exhibitions
    1972 - Galerie du Luxembourg, "Tamara de Lempicka de 1925 à 1935", Paris, France
    1981 - Seibu, "Tamara de Lempicka", Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
    1997 - Hiroshima Museum of Arts. Tamara de Lempicka, Tokyo-Hiroshima, Japan
  • Madonina II
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    Madonina II

    B.370
    circa1957
    Oil on wood panel
    18 x 14 cm (7 1/8 x 5 1/2 in) 
    (signed on the back of the panel)
    (Madonina II)
    Another circa ion of the 1935 "Madonina I".
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • The Dutch Girl II
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    The Dutch Girl II

    B.371
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    76 x 65 cm (29 7/8 x 25 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (La Hollandaise II)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • The Model II
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    The Model II

    B.372
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    76,2 x 46,9 cm (30 x 18 1/2 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Le modèle II)
    Collections
    1986 - Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Univer - U.S.A.
  • Portrait of a Little Girl II
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    Portrait of a Little Girl II

    B.480
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    (Portrait de petite fille II)
  • The Arums II
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    The Arums II

    B.482
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top left)
    (Les arums II)
    Collections
    Collection of Patricia and James Cayne - U.S.A.
    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!
  • The Arums III
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    The Arums III

    B.483
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    81 x 54 cm (31 7/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Les arums III)
    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
  • The Arums IV
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    The Arums IV

    B.484
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Les arums IV)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    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!
  • Suzanne Bathing II
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    Suzanne Bathing II

    B.490
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    77 x 50 cm (30 3/8 x 19 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Suzanne au bain II)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
  • The Orange Turban IV
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    The Orange Turban IV

    B.493
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    41 x 33 cm (16 1/8 x 13 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top right)
    (Le turban orange IV)
    In their catalog of 8 November 1994, Christie's East, in New York, specified: "signed again, dedicated and dated on the recirca e 'Tamara de Lempicka. For Nancy, April 6, 1974.'" This is only the dedication date for, judging from the style and manner, the execution date of this replica should rather be in the second half of the sixties.
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    08/11/1994 - NEW YORK. Christie's East "Encore-7613", # 77 $ 52 000
  • The Breton Girl II
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    The Breton Girl II

    B.501
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    (La Bretonne II)
  • Wisdom II
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    Wisdom II

    B.504
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    56 x 38 cm (22 x 15 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (La Sagesse II)
    Collections
    1977 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    03/11/1993 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Christine-7762”, # 302 $ 32 000
  • The Blue Hour II
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    The Blue Hour II

    B.509
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    75 x 55 cm (29 1/2 x 21 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top left)
    (L'heure bleue II)
    Collections
    1975 - Private collection - Mexico
  • Raphaela in Mauve
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    Raphaela in Mauve

    B.515
    circa1957/1975
    Oil on canvas
    101,5 x 152,5 cm (40 x 60 in) 
    LEMPICKA 1975 (bottom left)
    (Raphaela en mauve *)
    Here, the artist reverts to the theme of "la belle Rafaëla", this time in the form of a large geometric composition. Lempicka was seeking a sort of synthesis and summary of her art since the twenties, but this circa ion reflects the sure hand she could no longer boast during the seventies. Hence, it would be more logical to date this painting to the end fifties, despite the dating provided next to the signature.
    Collections
    1975 - Collection of Count and Countess de Warr - U.S.A.
    1983 - Galleries Maurice Sternberg - U.S.A.
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    11/05/1994 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Miyoko-7904”, # 346 $ 80 000
    24/03/1983 - LONDON. Sotheby's “Cagnes”, # 267 $ 9 000
  • La belle Rafaëla II
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    La belle Rafaëla II

    B.516
    circa1957
    Oil on canvas
    53,3 x 76,2 cm (21 x 30 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche top left)
    (La belle Rafaela II)
    In this circa ion, the color orange replaces the red.
    Collections
    1977 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    1993 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    03/11/1993 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Christine-7762”, # 359 $ 65 000