BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION GROUP: THE LAST NUDE OR TAMARA DE LEMPICKA: 1898-1980

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. January 15, 2014

 

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Wednesday, January 15: Book Club Discussion Group

JANUARY’S SELECTIONS

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Reprint edition (December 31, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1594486476 ISBN-13: 978-1594486470

“As erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it.”-Emma Donoghue, author of Room

“Paris, 1927. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. Struggling to support herself, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara’s most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished-and coveted-works of art. A season as the painter’s muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history’s darkening tide. A tour de force of historical imagination, The Last Nude is about genius and craft, love and desire, regret and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.” (Amazon.com)

OR

Tamara De Lempicka: 1898-1980 by Gilles Neret

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Taschen (1994)
ISBN-10: 3822805580 ISBN-13: 978-3822805589

“As the Goddess of the Automobile Age, Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) stood at the centre of the sophisticated Paris art world of the Twenties and Thirties. Her love for beautiful women, elegant automobiles and the modern metropolis provided not only motifs for her pictures, but also influenced her artistic style. Simultaneously with her career as artist, Tamara de Lempicka pioneered a new image of life on the screen, evident in the new, self-confident woman and the changing aspects of femininity and masculinity. The same sense of style was reflected in a futuristic cult of speed, domestic design forms promulgated by the Bauhaus, and the dandyism of a George Brummell. Tamara de Lempicka’s best-known painting, Self-Portrait, or Tamara in a Green Bugatti, presents the artist as a female dandy brimming with cool elegance. Whether as an Art-Deco artist, a post-Cubist or a Neoclasissist, de Lempicka struck the taste of a cosmopolitan (and wealthy) public that found its own image reflected in her work.” (goodreads.com)