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Tamara de Lempicka was a Polish Impressionist artist (her birth name was Maria Gorska and lived between 1898 and 1920) in the peak of Art Deco during the 1920s. After living in Poland and Switzerland, she became a part of the avant- garde scene in Paris alongside people such as Pablo Picasso. Her work is a show of feminine power and sexuality during a time when women started to become more independent and liberated.

'Tamara in a Green Bugatti' is her most famous piece of work and is her self-portrait. The exclusivity of the materials and products present in this painting showed her wealth and independence. She was commissioned to create it for a German fashion magazine Die Dame in 1925.

I have used this self portrait as a starting point for an interior design scheme. The chevron wooden flooring relates to that which can be found in old buildings from the Art Deco period. The colour scheme of orange, blue, green and brown/gold is kept simplistic and relates to the main colours found within the painting to create a unified interior. The soft curves of the geometric shapes add elegance as well as softness and once again relate to the geometric design popular during the 1920s and 30s.

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