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The retrospective mounted at the Galerie du Luxembourg in 1972 - the object of Lempicka's drawn out hesitations - provided occasion for a new, and, above all younger, generation to rediscover and admire Lempicka's oeuvre from the thirties. The extent of this show's success came as a surprise, and rewarded the artist with the feeling that her work was once again appreciated on the art market. Indeed, it became very much in demand, and many art lovers pressed her for more famous-titled works - such as "My Portrait" (B.115), "La belle Rafaëla" (B.87) - which would once again bear her renowned signature. Yielding to their pressure, she accepted to produce replicas of her most popular paintings. Unfortunately, she no longer had the same sure hand as forty or fifty years earlier, nor the same color perception that had lent a mauve cast to the originals: the copies she now created could in no way be taken for those originals. Meanwhile, for her own sake, she could be found - alone and in the silence of her studio - painting version after version of her venerated St. Anthony.
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The Sleeping Girl (Kizette) II
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Portrait of a Little Girl III
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The Orange Turban V
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The Orange Turban VI
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The Orange Turban VII
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The Orange Turban VIII
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The Orange Turban IX
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The Orange Turban X
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The Orange Turban XI
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The Breton Girl IV
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Wisdom III
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Wisdom V
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Young Lady with Gloves II
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The Blue Hour V
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  • The Swans II
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    The Swans II

    B.410
    circa1960/1963
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Les cygnes II)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    07/02/1996 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade "1529", # 201 $ 8 500
  • Capri
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    Capri

    B.473
    1973
    Oil on canvas on cardboard
    19,5 x 14,5 cm (7 5/8 x 5 3/4 in) 
    TL. (bottom left)
    (Capri)
    The following dedication can be read on the back of this painting: "A view from my window in Capri painted by me, love".
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    15/05/1990 - NEW YORK. Christie's East “Denise-7013”, # 117 $ 6 800
  • Venice
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    Venice

    B.474
    circa1973
    Oil on canvas
    81 x 53,5 cm (31 7/8 x 21 1/8 in) 
    (Venise)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Street Corner
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    Street Corner

    B.475
    circa1973
    Oil on canvas
    41 x 27 cm (16 1/8 x 10 5/8 in) 
    (Coin de rue)
    A street corner one might come across in every suburb of the world: a most atypical subject for this artist.
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • Graziella II
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    Graziella II

    B.476
    circa1975
    Oil on canvas
    26,5 x 19,5 cm (10 3/8 x 7 5/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom right)
    (Graziella II)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - Mexico
    1985 - Private collection - Mexico
  • The Sleeping Girl (Kizette) II
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    The Sleeping Girl (Kizette) II

    B.477
    circa1975
    Oil on canvas
    38 x 48 cm (15 x 18 7/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (La dormeuse (Kizette) II)
    Collections
    1981 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    02/04/1981 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4570M”, # 125 $ 6 000
  • Abstract Composition
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    Abstract Composition

    B.478
    1976
    Oil on canvas
    38,1 x 50,8 cm (15 x 20 in) 
    LEMPICKA (bottom right)
    (Fruits dans une coupe IV)
    For this painting, Sotheby's of New York specified, in their 12 February 1987 auction catalog: "inscribed and signed on the recirca e 'A Painting by T. Lempicka / Painted in 1976' ".
    Collections
    1987 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    12/02/1987 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Cyanne-6328”, # 144 $ 0
  • Abstract composition
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    Abstract composition

    B.479
    1977
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 46 cm (24 x 18 1/8 in) 
    (Composition abstraite)
    1977 is inscribed on the back of the painting.
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
  • Portrait of a Little Girl III
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    Portrait of a Little Girl III

    B.481
    circa1972
    Oil on canvas
    25,5 x 20,5 cm (10 x 8 1/8 in) 
    (Portrait de petite fille III)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    14/11/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's East“Viking -6909”, # 216 $ 9 200
    02/07/1990 - PARIS. Loudmer, # 168 $ 0
    08/04/1990 - circa AILLES. Perrin, R., L. Hôt. des C-L, # 71 $ 0
  • The Two Girlfriends V
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    The Two Girlfriends V

    B.489
    circa1974
    Oil on canvas
    67,5 x 38 cm (26 5/8 x 15 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Les deux amies V)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • Suzanne Bathing IV
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    Suzanne Bathing IV

    B.492
    circa1974
    Oil on canvas
    81 x 54 cm (31 7/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    (Suzanne au bain IV)
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    30/10/1993 - STUTTGART. Nagel Kunstauktionen”3”, # 138 $ 35 200
    07/12/1990 - PARIS. Loudmer, # 175 $ 19 900
    29/06/1992 - LONDON. Christie's “Mod-4693”, # 127 $ 17 500
    10/11/1994 - NEW YORK. Christie's "Stacey-8028", # 308 $ 60 000
  • The Orange Turban V
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    The Orange Turban V

    B.494
    circa1972
    Oil on canvas
    41 x 33 cm (16 1/8 x 13 in) 
    (Le turban orange V)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - France
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
    Auctions
    23/03/1997 - MONT ST MICHEL. Robin, Fattori, Fatton, # 105 $ 9 123
  • The Orange Turban VI
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    The Orange Turban VI

    B.495
    1974
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in) 
    (Le turban orange VI)
    A certificate by Kizette de Lempicka specifies: "...painted in 1974 at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco".
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - Italy
    Auctions
    07/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1296”, # 114A $ 0
    04/02/1990 - PARIS. Cornette de St C. Drouot Montaigne, # 67 $ 0
    13/12/1989 - LYON. J-C Anaf, # 376 $ 0
    25/05/1992 - ROME. Christie's “Sarah-2233”, # 48 $ 11 100
  • The Orange Turban VII
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    The Orange Turban VII

    B.496
    1974
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in) 
    (Le turban orange VII)
    A second replica which, according to Kizette de Lempicka, was painted during the artist's stay at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco, in the summer of 1974.
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    21/02/1990 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade ”1309”, # 117 $ 9 250
    12/07/1990 - PARIS. Cornette de St C. Drouot Montaigne, # 49 $ 15 900
    13/05/1990 - PARIS. Kohn, # 47 $ 0
  • The Orange Turban VIII
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    The Orange Turban VIII

    B.497
    circa1976
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 22 cm (9 1/2 x 8 5/8 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA (top right)
    (Le turban orange VIII)
    Collections
    1978 - Robert Brady Foundation, Cuernavaca - Mexico
  • The Orange Turban IX
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    The Orange Turban IX

    B.498
    circa1976/1979
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 19 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in) 
    (Le turban orange IX)
    Collections
    1980 - Lempicka Estate - U.S.A.
  • The Orange Turban X
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    The Orange Turban X

    B.499
    circa1976/1979
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 23 cm (11 x 9 in) 
    (Le turban orange X)
    Collections
    1994 - Private collection - U.S.A.
  • The Orange Turban XI
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    The Orange Turban XI

    B.500
    circa1976/1979
    Oil on canvas
    35,5 x 33 cm (14 x 13 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (top right)
    (Le turban orange XI)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - France
  • The Breton Girl III
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    The Breton Girl III

    B.502
    circa1972
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 30 cm (13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA (in a cartouche bottom left)
    (La Bretonne III)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
  • The Breton Girl IV
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    The Breton Girl IV

    B.503
    circa1974/1979
    Oil on canvas
    41 x 33 cm (16 1/8 x 13 in) 
    (La Bretonne IV)
    Collections
    1975 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    23/03/1997 - MONT ST MICHEL. Robin, Fattori, Fatton, # 105 $ 9 123
  • Wisdom III
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    Wisdom III

    B.505
    circa1972
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 38 cm (21 5/8 x 15 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (La Sagesse III)
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    11/12/1980 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4496M”, # 37 $ 2 500
  • Wisdom IV
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    Wisdom IV

    B.506
    circa1974
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 38 cm (21 5/8 x 15 in) 
    (La Sagesse IV)
    Collections
    1990 - Private collection - France
    Auctions
    22/11/1988 - NEUILLY. Ionesco. Théatre de Neuilly, # 230 $ 29 170
    06/05/1990 - ARLES. F. Holz, # ? $ 67 700
    08/10/1989 - PARIS. Loudmer, # 238Bis $ 35 900
  • Wisdom V
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    Wisdom V

    B.507
    circa1974/1979
    Oil on canvas
    65 x 46 cm (25 5/8 x 18 1/8 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (La Sagesse V)
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
  • Young Lady with Gloves II
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    Young Lady with Gloves II

    B.508
    1977
    Oil on canvas
    LEMPICKA. (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Jeune fille aux gants II)
  • The Blue Hour IV
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    The Blue Hour IV

    B.511
    1974
    Oil on canvas
    81 x 54 cm (31 7/8 x 21 1/4 in) 
    T.DE LEMPICKA. (artist's stamp bottom left)
    (L'heure bleue IV)
    Dans un certificat, Kizette de Lempicka précise:"Painted in the summer of 1974 at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco".
    Collections
    1989 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    06/10/1989 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “Mallomar”, # 166 $ 37 500
  • The Blue Hour V
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    The Blue Hour V

    B.512
    circa1975
    Oil on canvas
    73 x 50 cm (28 3/4 x 19 5/8 in) 
    (empty cartouche top left)
    (L'heure bleue V)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    28/02/1992 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's Arcade “1388”, # 125 $ 13 000
  • Self-Portrait II
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    Self-Portrait II

    B.513
    circa1974/1979
    Oil on canvas
    35,5 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in) 
    (Autoportrait II)
    Collections
    1992 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    16/02/1989 - NEW YORK. Christie's “Vicki-6762”, # 76 $ 42 000
  • Self-Portrait III
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    Self-Portrait III

    B.514
    circa1974/1979
    Oil on canvas
    48,5 x 38 cm (19 1/8 x 15 in) 
    T.LEMPICKA (in a cartouche bottom right)
    (Autoportrait III)
    Collections
    1975 - Private collection - Mexico
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
  • La belle Rafaëla III
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    La belle Rafaëla III

    B.517
    1979/1980
    Oil on canvas
    53,3 x 76,2 cm (21 x 30 in) 
    (La belle Rafaela III)
    Lempicka's last friend and confidant, Victor Contreras, commented in writing on the back of the photo of this painting: "Last painting, unfinished, remaining on her easel in her room at Tres Bambus".
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
  • Saint Anthony II
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    Saint Anthony II

    B.518
    1974/1979
    Oil on canvas
    40,5 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12 in) 
    LEMPICKA. (bottom left)
    (Saint Antoine II)
    Lempicka donated this painting to a religious brotherhood, who put it up for sale directly upon receiving the news of her death. So much for that votive offering!
    Collections
    1980 - Private collection - U.S.A.
    Auctions
    19/06/1980 - NEW YORK. Sotheby's “4398”, # 57 $ 1 900
  • Saint Antoine III
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    Saint Antoine III

    B.519
    1979
    Oil on canvas
    45 x 35 cm (17 3/4 x 13 3/4 in) 
    (Saint Antoine III)
    During her last year of life, Lempicka painted several replicas of her venerated Saint Anthony (of Padua); this repetitive approach came to mean an insistent request for intercession. The manner in which she confided her soul to God, through painting rather than prayer, testifies to her attachment to images and icons, to the many meanings of portrait art. In a letter dated "Cuernavaca, 4 April 1981", Kizette de Lempicka claims that the present replica was sitting on the artist's easel on the day of her death.
    Collections
    1981 - Private collection - Mexico
    History
    Retirement at CUERNAVACA, Addresses: Excerpt taken from Casas e Gente (Houses and People), no. 33, 1989: "Tamara had been coming to Cuernavaca for years before she finally, in 1978, bought Tres Bambus, a beautiful home built by the architect Ignacio Landa for Barbara Hutton." The article is illustrated by numerous photos, including views of the studio where Lempicka's last unfinished replicas are to be seen.
  • Saint Antoine IV
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    Saint Antoine IV

    B.520
    1979/1980
    Oil on canvas
    61 x 45,7 cm (24 x 18 in) 
    (Saint Antoine IV)
    According to Victor Contreras, this "is the last painting by Tamara de Lempicka". This one or the one before, no matter. The important thing is that, on the day before her death, Lempicka was still adding a few touchups to the two images that obsessed her: the beautiful (and seductive) Rafaëla and, right next to it, the ascetic saint whose features are those of her soul doctor (see her "Psychiatrist" in the Repertory).
    Collections
    1980 - Fundacion Victor Manuel Contreras - Mexico
    History
    Lempicka's PSYCHIATRIST, Biography, Psychology: There was a staff psychiatrist at the thermal spa of Bircher-Binner in Zurich, where Lempicka frequently stayed starting in 1934. Strangely enough, Lempicka's portrait of him resembles Saint Anthony (see Passion by Design, The Art and times of Tamara de Lempicka, op. cit. p.125). She would subsequently make several copies of this portrait, as if obsessed by this ascetic figure.