Enamel pin Inspired by Autoportrait (Tamara in the Green Bugatti), 1929, by Tamara de Lempicka.
Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) was a Polish painter who worked between France and the US in the Art Deco style. Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) is arguably her most recognizable painting, featuring a tightly cropped self-portrait of the artist driving a stylish sports car. The painting was commissioned by the German fashion magazine Die Dame to cover an issue marking the independence of women. Lempicka’s form is juxtaposed with that of the car—the natural, monochromatic hues of her face, clothing, and accessories against the deep chrome green of the car’s exterior. Staring directly out at the viewer, Lempicka presents herself as a strong, yet elegant, woman. Autoportrait puts the artist in the guise of a femme-fatale, active in the speed and development of modern, urban life.
Manufactured by Pin Museum. Measures 1.5 x 2 inches. Double posted.
© 2021 Tamara de Lempicka Estate, LCC / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, NY