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Madame d'Ora in Buenos Aires
Sunday, June 26, 2016




Just a few days ago I wrote this blog about a Polish Art Deco painter called Tamara de Lempicka. Especially interesting was a portrait of her taken by Vienna-born photographer Dora Kallmus. She was such a successful fashion photographer who also shot the celebrities of her time that in 1924 she opened a studio in Paris. It was there that she took the famous portrait of de Lempicka.

By strange coincidence I noticed an interesting old photograph at the Biblioteca Nacional Argentina where my friend RobertoBaschetti works. I was in Buenos Aires in April. The old photograph had an almost illegible signature which I was able to decipher to "Madame d'Ora.”

When I wrote the de Lempicka blog I did some research on Kallmus and I found out (!!) that for her Paris studio she used the name Madame d’Ora as her professional pseudonym. There is no record of Kallmus having visited Argentina. She died in Austria in 1963. Perhaps the photograph came from an art collection. Baschetti's job is to go through book collections that are being donated to the library. He told me that he found the loose photograph between the pages of a Chilean translation of The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.

I asked Baschetti to send me a scan of the photograph and here it is.



     

Previous Posts
A Boudoir In Purple

Las uñas - The Toe Nails

Art History on the Fly II - Tamara de Lempicka

Rosa 'English Elegance' 20 June 2016 On Its Way To...

What's a Ghetto?

Nu debout de profil

thinking about underwear

To My Father - June 19 2016

The parasol is the umbrella's daughter

Black & White



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