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A painting by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (1932), set a new auction record for the Polish-American artist’s work, selling for £16.2 million ($21.1 million) at Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and modern art in London this week. This beat her previous record, set only three months ago, when La Tunique Rose (1927) sold for $13.3 million at Sotheby’s in New York. Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (seen top of...

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Flourishing in the 1920s, the bold Art Deco style took its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925—an event that celebrated modernism and avant-garde styles in architecture and applied art. Influenced by the geometric irregularities of Cubism, the bright colours of Fauvism, Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the earlier Art Nouveau movement, Deco is an euphoric blend of many different artistic styles—often conflicting—that are neatly united...

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