Tuesday, July 6, 2004
You've been seeing Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka's enigmatic green-clad maiden on posters around town advertising the Legion of Honor's wonderful art deco exhibition. But there's more to de Lempicka than a couple of paintings. The artist married at 16, seduced Bolshevik officials in order to free her husband during the Russian Revolution, hung out with decadent 1920s Parisians Jean Cocteau and Natalie Barney, and took great pleasure in painting sensual depictions of her seemingly innumerable male and female lovers. But even those who know nothing about the painter's life will be entranced by her work -- stylized, often angular portraits that combine soft Renaissance colors and lighting with a sophisticated, citified sensibility. You'll have to ask a staffer to show you around the Weinstein Gallery's eighth-floor de Lempicka exhibition, but the extra trouble is more than worth it. "Tamara de Lempicka" continues through July 18 at 383 Geary (at Mason), S.F. Admission is free; call 362-8151 or visit www.weinstein.com.
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