Tamara de Lempicka completed painting the art in the year 1929 in Paris, France, and the painting was commissioned by a German-based fashion magazine, Die Dame. The Autoportrait Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti was painted to be the cover of the Die Dame magazine to commemorate women's independence. Also, the painting's symbolism, the self-portrait, is among the famous Art Deco technique of paintings of all time. Die Dame, a German-based fashion magazine commissioned Tamara de Lempicka in 1929, to paint a self-portrait for use on the magazine's cover. The art showed Tamara de Lempicka driving a green Bugatti racing car. In the painting, the artist was wearing a helmet alongside similar hand-gloves, and she wore a grayish-white scarf on her neck. The painting depicted that the car was moving as the scarf she wrapped around the neck was flying in the air.

A publisher from the Dir Dame fashion magazine saw Tamara de Lempicka driving along the street in Monte Carlo, and immediately requested her to paint a painting of the same scenario for the cover of the Die Dame magazine. Ironically, Tamara didn't own a Bugatti, but instead she owned a yellow Renault. The artist only painted herself deriving a Bugatti because, to her, it was more elegant. In the painting, Tamara described herself as a powerful and liberated woman who was not reachable due to her wealth and independence. Tamara's Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti depicted that women were not in any way weaker sex.

As soon as the Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti got published in the magazine, the painting became famous and an icon that depicted women's independence. Tamara de Lempicka's art style included much of geometric composition owing to the connection to Cubism. However, her style retains the conventional and aesthetics of the past. Tamara's art paintings combine both the new and old art style. It is her affinity to the Cubist-based art style that made her a pioneer of the Art Deco painting during the 1920s. Lempicka's style appeared crisp, and the surface of her paintings seemed to be polished. Her art paintings had a metallic sheen owing to the pureness of coloring the artist applied.

Autoportrait (Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti) in Detail Tamara de Lempicka