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Tamara de Lempicka

1898 - 1980


Timeline (short)

Tamara with lilies, 1937
Tamara with pleated stoll, 1938
Tamara 1939
1898 - Tamara de Lempicka was born Maria Górska in Warsaw, Poland on May 16. There are claims that she was in fact born in Moscow, Russia.


1911 - Tamara de Lempicka was exposed to the art of Italian masters while spending the winter with her grandmother in Italy and the French Riviera


1912 - Tamara de Lempicka's parents divorced


1916 - Tamara de Lempicka married lawyer Tadeusz Lempicki in St. Petersburg, Russia and gave birth to a daughter she named Maria Krystyna, also known as Kizette


1917 - Tadeusz de Lempicki was arrested by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution but was soon released with the help of Tamara de Lempicka. They traveled to Denmark and England and finally settled in Paris, France.


1918 - Tamara de Lempicka studied art the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Montparnasse under Maurice Denis and Andre Lhote


1923 - Tamara de Lempicka began showing her work at various galleries in Paris


1924 - Tamara de Lempicka's work was shown at the Salon des Femmes Artistes Modernes (FAM) also in Paris


1925 - Tamara de Lempicka had her first major exhibition in Milan, Italy. It is believed that she finished 28 new works in 6 months


1928 - Tamara de Lempicka divorced her husband Tadeusz


1929 - Tamara de Lempicka traveled to the United States to paint a commissioned portrait and to organize an exhibition of her work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Carnegie Institute


1933 - Tamara de Lempicka married the Baron Raoul Kuffner


1939 - Tamara de Lempicka and Baron Kuffner moved to Beverly Hills, California


1943 - Tamara de Lempicka moved to New York City


1960 - Tamara de Lempicka started using palette knives and changed her style to abstract


1962 - Baron Kuffner died of a heart attack


1978 - Tamara de Lempicka moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico


1980 - Tamara de Lempicka died in her sleep on March 18 in Mexico