Tamara de Lempicka

Self Portrait


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Edition of 100
Medium Giclée
Image size 
21 x 28 in
Paper size 
21 x 28 in


Self Portrait, also called Autoportrait Self Portrait is an oil painting on wood panel, from 1929, in which artists Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) depicts herself driving a green Bugatti. She owned a yellow Renault, but thought the Italian car was much more elegant. In it, she is fashionably dressed: Hermes scarf, long leather gloves and red lips. The geometric composition is a nod to Cubism, but still relying on the conventional. Using full, pure colours, the work has a metallic sheen. Originally commissioned for a German fashion magazine, afterwards, it became famous for its depiction of the new independent woman.