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  • 1898
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    1898

    Born Tamara Gorska in Warsaw, the daughter of wealthy parents.

    Her father, Boris Gorksi, is attorney for a French trading company. Her mother, Malvina Gorska, née Decker, belonged to a well-to-do family, and had been educated abroad. Tamara has one elder brother, Stanczyk, and a younger sister, Adrienne.

    Tamara is a self-willed, domineering child, always the leader in games and the like.




    image: Tamara de Lempicka, two years old, with her brother Stanczyk, Riga, 1900
  • 1911
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    1911

    Tamara is bored at school. She cleverly feigns illness, and thus succeeds in being taken out of school.

    Together with her grandmother, who’s favorite she is and by whom she is spoiled, she travels to Italy, where she discovers her passionate love for art.




    image: Tamara, at thirteen, playing "diabolo". Monte Carlo, 1911
  • 1914
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    1914

    In protest at her mother`s second marriage, Tamara, by now at school in Lausanne, refuses to come home during the summer holidays.

    Instead, she stays with her Aunt Stefa in Petrograd. From then on, she is determined that the life of luxury she gets to know there will also be hers.

    Tamara falls in love with tall, dark, handsome Tadeusz Lempicki, a Petrograd attorney.




    image: Portrait of Irena Kleinman, 1915
  • 1916
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    1916

    Tamara Gorska and Tadeusz Lempicki are married in the Chapel of the Knights of Malta in Petrograd.



  • 1918-23
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    1918-23

    Tamara and Tadeusz emigrate to Paris, where Tadeusz is, however, unable to find work.

    Birth of their daughter Kizette, Tamara takes painting lessons, mainly from André Lhote, with the aim of making a living by selling her pictures.

    She paints still-lifes, as well as portraits of her daughter Kizette and her neighbor Ira P..

    The Galleries Colette Weill sells her first paintings, and she thus makes contact with the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon d`Automne and the Salon des Moins de trente Ans. This enables her to resume her life of luxury. She travels abroad, stays in the best hotels and surrounds herself with well-known writers and artist.



    image: Tamara with her first husband, Tadeusz de Lempicki. Paris, 1920
  • 1925
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    1925

    The first Art Deco exhibition in Paris.

    Tamara makes a name for herself as an art deco artist, and exhibitions of her work are held at the Salon the Tuileries and the Salon des Femmes Peintres.

    American fashion magazines like Harper´s Bazaar begin to notice her.

    Tamara and Kizette go to Italy, to study the classical masterpieces. Castelbarco organizes Tamara`s first exhibition in Italy. Marquis Sommi Picenardi becomes her lover.

    Tamara meets Gabriele d`Annunzio, currently Europe´s number one novelist, dramatist and lover. He takes it into his head to make her his next conquest.
  • 1926-29
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    1926-29

    D`Annunzio commissions Tamara to paint his portrait, and she visits him at his famous villa Il Vittoriale in Gardone, purportedly to paint him, in fact, however to start an affair with him.
     
    Neither the portrait nor the affair materializes.

    In 1927 Kizette on the Balcony wins the important first prize at the Exposition Internationale des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux. In 1929 Kizette`s First Communion wins the bronze medal at the Exposition Internationale in Poznan, Poland.
  • 1928
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    1928

    After the bitterness of the preceding years, Tamara and Tadeusz divorce.

    The same year she meets Baron Raoul Kuffner, a collector of her works.


    image: Tamara paints Tadeusz, 1928
  • 1931-33
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    1931-33

    Tamara continues to work during the Great depression: her works are exhibited in various Paris galleries.
  • 1933
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    1933

    Baron Kuffner proposes marriage to Tamara, which she accepts on the advice of her mother.

    In view of the growing influence of the Nazis in Europe, her sense of insecurity increases, causing her throughout the nineteen-thirties to urge her husband to sell the greater part of his estates in Hungary.



    Image: Tamara on a cruise ship, 1932
  • 1939
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    1939

    The pair takes an extended holiday in America.

    The Paul Reinhart Gallery in Los Angeles puts on an exhibition exclusively devoted to Tamara`s work.

    The Kuffners take up residence in Beverly Hills, where Tamara is active in collecting for war work.
  • 1941-42
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    1941-42

    Kizette joins her mother and stepfather in America.

    Exclusive exhibitions of her work at Julian Levy`s in New York, at the Courvoisier Gallerie sin San Francisco and the Milwaukee Institue of Art.

    Tamara`s artistic output, however, declines.

    Kizette marries the Texan geologist Harold Foxhall; they have two daughters.



    image: Tamara in Beverly Hills, 1941
  • 1943
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    1943

    The Kuffners move to New York.
  • 1960
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    1960

    Tamara changes her style to Abstract Art. She begins to work with a spatula
  • 1962
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    1962

    Raoul Kuffner dies of a heart attack. Tamara is deeply affected.




    image: Baroness Kuffner - Tamara with her second husband, Raoul Kuffner, Venice
  • 1963
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    1963

    Tamara moves to Houston to be near Kizette, who from now on manages her mother`s affairs.

    Tamara dominates the family life of the Foxhalls.
  • 1972
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    1972

    A retrospective of Tamara`s work is held at the Galerie du Luxembourg in Paris, organized by Alain Blondel
  • 1974
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    1974

    Tamara moves to Cuernavaca in Mexico.

    She makes frequent changes in her will, in order better to exercise control over her fami
  • 1979
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    1979

    Death of Harold Foxhall.

    Kizette moves to Cuernavaca to care for her mother, who is now seriously ill.
  • 1980
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    1980

    Tamara de Lempicka dies in her sleep on 18th of March 1980.

    Following her mother´s wishes, Kizette scatters her ashes over the crater of Mt. Popocatépetl.