Tamara De Lempicka (1898 - 1980)

Portrait of Louisanne Kuffner de Dioszegh Sold

Pencil.
Inscribed Louisianne 1940 / Beverly Hills, Cal. on the verso.
141 x 91 mm. (5 1/2 x 3 5/8 in.)

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The present sheet is a portrait of the artist’s stepdaughter, Louisanne Kuffner de Dioszegh (1925-2009), the daughter of Baron Kuffner from his first marriage. Executed when the sitter was at the age of fifteen, when the artist was living in the former home of the director King Vidor in Beverly Hills in California, the drawing is related to a full-length painted portrait of Louisanne which, however, was never completed.

As Louisanne recalled in later years, ‘When the Second World War broke out in 1939, my step sister Kizette and I were in France, my brother Peter was in Scotland, and my parents, Baron Raoul Kuffner de Dioszegh and my stepmother, the artist Tamara de Lempicka, were in the United States. They could not return to Europe and we had to apply for immigration visas to the Unites States. It was the end of July, 1940, when Kizette and I arrived in Beverly Hills…It was at this time that Tamara de Lempicka began a full length portrait of me. Unfortunately, she did not finish it that summer…as a result, the full length painting was never completed.’

Following the death of Baron Kuffner in 1961, the artist cropped the unfinished canvas to show just the head of Louisanne, looking to the left, and sent the painting to her. Sold by the sitter at auction in 2000, the painting is now in an American private collection. The present sheet, however, remained in the possession of the sitter until her death in 2009.

Provenance:
Given by the artist to the sitter, Louisanne Kuffner de Dioszegh, later Mrs. Nathaniel Glickman, Thousand Oaks, California and Medford, Oregon
Thence by descent until 2010.

Tamara de LEMPICKA

Portrait of Louisanne Kuffner de Dioszegh

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