Google Doodle pays tribute to Art Deco artist Tamara de Lempicka

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Google's homepage features artwork depicting Lempicka done in an Art Deco style alongside a speeding auto and flowers. "I paint those who inspire me and make me vibrate".

A visitor looks at Tamara de Lempicka's "Portrait de Majorie Ferry" at Sotheby's in NY on May 1, 2009.

Her grandmother then took her on a tour of Italy where she developed an interest in art.

She was also famous for her stylised paintings of nudes.

The talented Tamara, who was born into a wealthy family, developed a love for art from a young age. The name of her father was Borys Gurwik-Gorski.

At the same time, Tamara's entry into the art world meant she began taking male lovers, like the Marquis Sommi Picenardi and Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio.

When her parents divorced in 1912, she was sent to live with her wealthy Aunt Stefa in Saint Petersburg.

Jack Nicholson and Barbara Streisand are collectors of her work, and today Google Doodle is honouring her what would have been her 120th birthday.

In 1915 she fell in love with the Polish lawyer, Tadeusz Lempicki, who was to be her future husband the following year. Along with other members of her family they escaped the revolution by fleeing to Paris.

"It was there, at the height of post-cubism, where she began her formal artistic training under the influence of French painters Maurice Denis and André Lhote", according to Google.

Tamraa de Lempicka paintings
GETTY UNIQUE'La Dormeuse by Tamara De Lempicka

The move to Paris would prove influential to de Lempicka's artwork.

During the peak of her artistic career in the 1930s Lempicka became known for her celebrity portraits and nudes.

The artist's breakthrough came in 1925 when she exhibited paintings at two major venues at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts.

Many artists capture a decade and for Lempicka that decade was the 1920s, which was where she found her inspiration in art.

A security guard sits next to a Tamara de Lempicka painting at Sotheby's preview of a major Russian art auctions in NY and London, at the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow October 19, 2011. "Her sources of inspiration ranged dramatically".

Lempicka's work included tributes to the Roaring Twenties in her unique style that blended refined cubist styles with late neoclassical.

Cruickshank said: "Few artists embodied the exuberant roaring twenties more than Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka".

She said of her style: 'I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success.

It was in the French capital she pursued a life of painting after her sister suggested she take on the passion. I chose to place a portrait of Lempicka in my design with accompanying motifs evocative of the roaring '20s and '30s. "It's no easy feat to recreate any artist's work - but I hope to have done so here".

Lempicka divorced her first husband in 1928, according to The Sun, becoming the mistress of Baron Raoul Kuffner.

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