Destination dining: deco decadence

Few would dispute that artist Tamara de Lempicka painted her best pieces in Paris. The Polish-born artist found success in the French capital after fleeing Poland at the end of the first world war.

Keen to escape the Bolsheviks, she and her husband arrived in Paris, full of hopes for a new future. Ultimately, though, that future wouldn’t be together – not least because Tamara preferred her lovers to be women.

That didn’t prevent her having two husbands, mind you. However, by the time she moved to California with the second one, she and her work had fallen from favour.

For many, she came to symbolise art deco during Paris’ années folles.

Her Parisian work has come to mind today while I am in Prague, in the Czech Republic. This evening, I will have dinner in the Alcron (pictured), while her painting of dancing couples watches over us.

With its Michelin star and de Lempicka mural, this has to be one of the finest restaurants I will ever have eaten in. I can’t wait.

It’s my birthday today, so why not celebrate in style?

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8 thoughts on “Destination dining: deco decadence

  1. jenny webb on said:

    I didn’t know-I am sure it was a good one-Big hugs to you both and Are you getting married? Jxx

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  2. Joyeux Anniversaire! Enjoy your special dinner.

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  3. Magnificent!

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  5. Hope you had an absolutely delightful birthday. I’ve learned so much I didn’t know about France from your blog.

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