April 2019

Tamara de Lempicka: Mistress of Art Deco

Welcome to The Arts Society Halifax
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:45
Square Chapel, 10 Square Road Halifax HX1 1QG

Glamorous and notorious, living "life in the margins of society" Tamara de Lempicka redefined what it meant to be a woman and an artist.

Tamara de Lempicka dazzled Paris’s art circles in the 1920s and 30s and seduced with her
stylish portraits. These heady years saw her immortalise the atmosphere of wealth and
decadence of Paris. Other painters oscillated between Cubism and Fauvism, but de
Lempicka was one of the few to be able to embody the decorative style of Art Deco in her
paintings. Stunningly beautiful, she engaged in the worlds of fashion and photography, as
well as presenting herself as the quintessential modern, independent young woman. She
was, but her extraordinary talent confirmed her reputation as one of the most iconic painters of her generation.


Dr Claire Walsh

MA V&A and RCA; PhD European University Institute, Florence. Having previously worked at the V&A and lectured there and for the University of Warwick, now lectures for the Open University. Has lectured widely in Britain; at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Museum of London amongst others, and to specialist groups including the Art Fund, the Ceramics Society, the Costume Society and the Ancient Monuments Society. She has also lectured in Europe, the USA (including Yale and the Huntington) and Canada and has numerous publications.