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In pictures: Tamara de Lempicka

La Tunique Rose, 1927

An exhibition of works by Polish-born artist Tamara De Lempicka is on show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from Saturday.

Adam and Eve, 1931

A wealthy socialite, De Lempicka moved to Paris during the World War I and produced many striking paintings during the inter-war years.

Portrait of Ira P, 1930

Her decorative and decadent style epitomised the glamour and high style of the art deco period.

Arlette Boucard aux Arums, 1931

Even her softer, more naturalistic paintings featured the harder, geometrical lines associated with the modern age.

Portrait du Comte Vettor Marcello, 1933

By 1925, De Lempicka had built a reputation for portrait paintings throughout Europe and the US.

La Convalescente, 1932

Her subjects were often dramatically lit and closely cropped so the sitter dominates the painting.

La Reve (The Dream), 1927

De Lempicka selected still life models with solid and powerful figures, yet still made them look feminine and alluring.

Potrait of Madame M, 1932

De Lempicka enjoyed the patronage of Paris' fashionable and wealthy elite after she fled her St Petersburg home in 1917 because of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Maternity, 1928

She was trained by Cubist painter Andre Lhote and Maurice Denis at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere.

Perspective, 1923

The Royal Academy exhibition will show many paintings spanning the period from 1922 to the early 1940s that have never been seen before in public.

De Lempicka's studio in Place Wagram c. 1924, by Constantin Stiffter

De Lempicka was a style icon herself and became great friends with Greta Garbo after she moved to the US in 1939.

Portrait of Romana de la Salle, 1928

She continued to paint in America but remains most famous for her work symbolising the wealth and glamour of Paris. The exhibition continues until 30 August.

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