95 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008Paris Tel: +33(0)1 44 94 99 80 Fax: +33(0)1 44 94 08 65 www.proprietesparisiennes.fr Tamara de Lempicka's Former Workshop, Estate of the Month
This studio, housed in the only building in Paris built by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, overlooks the gardens of the Cluny Convent. The light and open area, which conveys the true sensibility of an artist's working quarters, was once the home and creative space of the Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka, and as such played an important role in the popular culture of Paris in the interwar years. Lempicka, who was as famous for her social connections and scandalous affairs as she was for her work, painted in a bold, distinctive style that emphasized the cool sensuality of the Art Deco movement. A fixture of the bohemian life of Paris in the 1920s,she worked steadily through the Great Depression, but relocated to the United States in 1939 before the outbreak of World War II. By the 1960s,her style evolved to the exclusive use of the palette knife over brushes, lending a warmer, less precise quality to work that had once been sharp and exacting. Lempicka disdained exhibitions after 1962and had a reputation in later life for eccentric ill temper. She died in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1980 and her asheswere scattered over the Popocatepetl volcano.
95 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008Paris Tel: +33(0)1 44 94 99 80 Fax: +33(0)1 44 94 08 65 www.proprietesparisiennes.fr
It is not surprising that a social and artistic figure of Lempicka's stature would choose to live and work in a building designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens. He was, without question, the most influential figure in French architecture in that period. He designed private homes, apartment buildings, interiors, and even industrial spaces,working with the highest quality craftsmen and extending his detailed eye to matters of lighting and the integration of works of art into interior spaces.The use of light in this space, augmented by large, high windows and an airy, open layout clearly illustrates this sensibility. The total living space, comprised of three rooms, measures 260 m², while the actual studio space is 60 m² with a 6 meter high ceiling. The smoking bar and mezzanine on the workshop are elements of the original apartment. Two terraces on the third and fourth levels measure 18m² and 22m² respectively. There is a bath and three shower rooms. (Interior elevator. On site garage and two parking spacesthat may be rented.) For its artistic connections to a storied period in the city’s history and its highly refined design at the hands of a maser architect, this apartment, in an otherwise closed building, is a special “find” on the Paris market. For more details about this luxurious property visit http://goo.gl/H1t4
Published on Oct 3, 2010
This studio, housed in the only building in Paris built by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, overlooks the gardens of the Cluny Convent. The...