In the portrait of Marquis D'Afflitto, Tamara de Lempicka combined advertising techniques, traditional portraiture, vistas of the tower architecture, and photographic lighting. The painting draws mainly from a traditional theme. Lempicka was greatly influenced by renaissance works, which she saw in many places, among them the Louvre museum. The portrait of the Marquis D'Afflitto may reference a number of her paintings from this period and after that. The painting has sharp contrast to cubist compositions where background and objects seem to shift constantly. Additionally, the blue suit, white shirt, and bow tie drab the palette which characterized early cubism.
The artist used Art Deco, which was a craft mainly used in decorative arts. It derives its name from a world's fair, which was held in Paris, showcasing French luxury goods. In the painting, Tamara de Lempicka uses sweeping curves, stepped forms, sunburst motif, and chevron patterns. In the Marquis D'Afflito painting, several elements were used. The artist used inlaid wood for the frame and skin, where she drew the picture of a man in a blue suit. She also had shiny oil paint that protected the skin and the picture attractive. Today if you want to see the picture, you need to visit the museum des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in France, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Additionally, some people have bought this painting and have it at home.
One of her most famous paintings is where she depicts herself sitting inside a green Bugatti car. She describes herself wearing a hat that looks like a helmet, brown driving gloves, and a scarf which she folds to her right. The chrome details of the painting show her Art Deco style, and the lighting provides speed impressions. Additionally, this work offers the image of a modern woman who is self-determined and has unapologetic sexuality. Tamara de Lempicka got her inspiration from Gabriele D'Annunzio. He was an Italian military hero, journalist, political leader, story writer, dramatist, novelist, poet, and leading writer of Italian history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Although this depiction of Marquis D’Afflitto is somewhat naturalistic, the style is without any doubt "soft cubism" of L'Hote and Lempicka. The materials, ships, waves, and background do not only evoke shapes of cubism but also forms of Art Deco.