Yesterday I finished an article about a painting by the Soviet artist Yu.I. Pimenova "New Moscow", and today, so to speak, "in the subject" has found interesting material about another artist and another similar picture.
This is a painting by Tamara de Lempicka "Self-portrait in a green bugatti".
The pictures are united by the plot and written in the same time interval. The plot is a lady driving. In the 1920s - 1930s, when both paintings were painted, this is, you see, nonsense. Time of writing - 1929 (de Lempicka) and 1937 (Pimenov). This period is usually called: "between the two world wars".
Tamara de Lempicka (nee Gurwicz-Gurska) is a Polish and American artist. Despite the fact that the artist was born in Warsaw, she spent her childhood in Moscow and St. Petersburg (however, it was all the Russian Empire). Having married, she acquired the surname "Lempitskaya" ("de Lempitska is a pseudonym). In 1919, the husband and wife Lempitskys, together with their daughter, left revolutionary Petrograd for France. There was a long creative path, divorce from her husband, etc. circumstances. The artist never returned to Russia from emigration.
Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov - Soviet artist here>. Like de Lempicka, he was born in the Russian Empire (in Moscow), but remained in the country and sincerely accepted the ideals of socialism (which is evident from his paintings).
Now, closer to the pictures. So, in the picture de Lempicka "Self-portrait in a green bugatti" we see a lady driving a car. The same as in the picture of the Soviet artist Y. Pimenov:
Both women are emancipated. Both took fate into their own hands, and this storyline is the main one. In general, the hand on the steering wheel is symbolic, it is a symbol of reality control. In general, both paintings can be called a hymn to a modern woman.
Both paintings can be called a hymn to a modern woman
In both pictures, the car takes up a lot of space. 50% - an image of a car, 50% - a person - is also not accidental. Let us recall the Soviet "Aviamarsh": "We were born to make a fairy tale come true, To overcome space and openness, Our mind gave us steel arms-wings." - and so on. This means that we control a complex technique, which we have created, and with the help of this technique - reality. It is no coincidence that they were so fond of aviation all over the world during this period.
Now for the differences. The differences are in how the storyline is presented. In Pimenov's painting - through socialist realism (how else, one wonders, could a Soviet artist write?). Well, not really, really. Yu.I. For a long time Pimenov was under the influence of impressionist painters, and this influence is felt in the painting "New Moscow". We see the "fragmentation of the stroke" inherent in the Impressionists (oh, for which the artist was very much reproached by his Soviet colleagues).