HIGH PRESTIGE EXHIBITION STANDARD OIL PAINTING “Nude with buildings” (1930) An Art Deco rendition after the legendary Artist Tamara de Lempicka. BY THE FABULOUS ARTIST DAVID ALDUS U.A.
“Nude with buildings” (1930) (After Tamara de Lempicka) by David Aldus U.A
Signed by David Aldus U.A
Measurements; 36 inches by 24 inches (91.4 cms x 61 cms)
Oil on Canvas
Tamara de Lempicka
Born into a wealthy and prominent family, Lempicka was the daughter of Boris Gurwik-Górski, a Polish lawyer, and Malvina Decler, a Polish socialite. Tamara had two siblings and was the middle child. She attended a boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and spent the winter of 1911 with her grandmother in Italy and on the French Riviera, where she was treated to her first taste of the Great Masters of Italian painting.
Tamara eventually moved to Paris along with many upper-class Russian Refugees. Lempicka’s distinctive and bold artistic style developed quickly, influenced by what André Lhote sometimes referred to as “soft cubism” and by the “synthetic cubism” of Maurice Denis, epitomizing the cool yet sensual side of the Art Deco movement. For her, Picasso “embodied the novelty of destruction”. In Paris during the Roaring Twenties, Tamara de Lempicka became part of the bohemian life: she knew Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and André Gide.
Lempicka continued both her heavy workload and her frenetic social life through the next decade. The Great Depression had little effect on her; in the early 1930s she was painting King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Queen Elizabeth of Greece. Museums began to collect her works. In 1933 she traveled to Chicago where she worked with Georgia O’Keeffe, Santiago Martínez Delgado and Willem de Kooning.
American singer-songwriter and actress Madonna is an admirer and collector of Lempicka’s work and has lent paintings to events and museums. Madonna has also featured Lempicka’s work in her music videos “Open Your Heart” (1987), “Express Yourself” (1989), “Vogue” (1990) and “Drowned World/Substitute for Love” (1998). She also used paintings by Lempicka on the sets of her 1987 Who’s That Girl and 1990 Blond Ambition world tours.
Other notable Lempicka collectors include actor Jack Nicholson and singer-actress Barbra Streisand.