Tamara Łempicka’s oil painting “Kizette II” (“Kizette in a Pink Dress”) was purchased at the New York auction house Chirstie’s for a record price of $14.785 million. It presents the figure of the artist’s daughter.
In this one of her many portraits, Kizette is dressed in a white and pink outfit. Wiki Art suggests that she has lost her shoe and is trying to hide the sock with her other foot. A reference was seen to be a reference to the Russian Orthodox icon of Madonna and Child, Theotokos of Tikhvin.
According to Julie Rubio, director and producer of the film about Lempicka “Tamara”, the artist captivated the art world, this time with the extraordinary sale of her cult painting “Portrait of Kizette Il” at the prestigious Christie’s.
“The painting, part of the esteemed collection of music mogul Jerry Moss, was conservatively estimated at $7 million to $10 million. However, due to spirited demand, bidding turned into fierce competition that ultimately led to a staggering final sale price totaling $14.785 million,” exceeding even the highest estimates,” Rubio emphasized.
She considered it an exceptional achievement, not only demonstrating the enduring charm of Tamara de Łempicka’s work, but also demonstrating the deep artistic bond she had with her beautiful daughter, who was often her model.
– The enormous success of this sale further strengthens Tamara’s position as one of the greatest artists of all time – said Rubio.
Silhouette of Tamara Łempicka
Tamara Łempicka (Tamara de Lempicka) was a Polish painter of the Art Deco era. She was probably born in Moscow in 1896, but biographies say that she was born in Warsaw in 1898 or 1900.
Her mother was Polish, her father was a Russian Jew. She was raised by her mother and grandparents in Warsaw. The family belonged to the social and cultural elite. When she was a teenager, she went to her family in St. Petersburg, where she met her future husband, lawyer Tadeusz Łempicki.
In 1918 they lived in Paris. In France the artist studied and developed her characteristic style here. In 1927 the couple divorced. A year before the outbreak of World War II, she emigrated to USA. Here she became a celebrity portraitist Hollywood. She spent the last years of her life in… Mexicowhere she died on March 18, 1980.
The media is linking Thursday’s auction at Christie’s with the end of an era. It was the last one to be led by Christie’s global president, Jussi Pylkkänen. He is leaving the company after 38 years. Total sales on Thursday night reached an estimated total of nearly $660 million.
Main photo source: Tamara de Lempicka/Bridgeman Images/RDA/Forum