Tamara de Lempicka

La Belle Rafaela – Tamara de Lempicka 1927

Lempicka became the leading representative of the Art Deco style across two continents, a favourite artist of many Hollywood stars, referred to as ‘the baroness with a brush’. She was the most fashionable portrait painter of her generation among the haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy, painting duchesses and grand dukes and socialites.

In Paris during the Roaring Twenties, Tamara de Lempicka became part of the bohemian life: she knew Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and André Gide. Famous for her libido, she was bisexual. Her affairs with both men and women were conducted in ways that were considered scandalous at the time. She often used formal and narrative elements in her portraits, and her nude studies produced overpowering effects of desire and seduction.

In the 1920s she became closely associated with lesbian and bisexual women in writing and artistic circles, such as Violet Trefusis, Vita Sackville-West, and Colette.

She also became involved with Suzy Solidor, a night club singer at the Boîte de Nuit, whose portrait she later painted. Her husband eventually tired of their arrangement and abandoned her in 1927. They were divorced in 1931 in Paris. (Read more)

Tuesday: Dali by Bokelberg

Dali by Wermer Bokelberg.

His full name was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol but was famously known as Salvador Dalí, or, even more simply, just Dali.

Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to an “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors. (Read more)

Adrien Brody portrayed Dali in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris”.

Bokelberg trained as a photographer then threw it aside to pursue acting and comedy. Then, he returned to photography for several famous German news magazines where he photographed Dali, Picasso, Brian Jones, Andy Warhol and others. (Read more)


Lucien Clergue

Lucien Clergue was born in Arles, France. At the age of 7 he began learning to play the violin, and after several years of study his teacher admitted that he had nothing more to teach him.

Clergue was from a family of shopkeepers and could not afford to pursue further studies in a college or university school of music, such as a conservatory.

In 1949, he learned the basics of photography. Four years later, at a corrida in Arles, he showed his photographs to Spanish painter Pablo Picasso who, though subdued, asked to see more of his work. (Read more)

Sunday 4 of 6

Thursday: 6 of 6

Paloma Picasso by Matthew Rolston, 1989.

Saturday: 5 of 6

Angel Fernandez de Soto With Woman, 1903 by Pablo Picasso