An example of the joie de vivre that came with the Roaring Twenties, Women Bathing is a classic example of Lempicka's work as an artist, who was often nicknamed the 'Baroness with the Brush'. Her vivid, bold paintings were curated to make an impact and her sexuality and confidence shines through her canvases. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Lempicka fell in love as a young girl with a Russian lawyer and moved with him to St Petersburg. Enduring a period of hardship during the Russian Revolution, the couple relocated to Paris where they could continue to live their bohemian lifestyle.
It was here that Lempicka studied under the tutelage of the French painter André Lhote and her works are now synonymous with both the neoclassical and cubist movements. Women Bathing is one of Lempika's most famous and celebrated works, often thought to reflect the artist's carefree lifestyle during the 1920's when she and her husband were living in the creative hub of Paris's Left Bank. Lempicka would often draw from real life for the subject of her works, often painting herself as self portraits and later her daughter, Kizette, would dominate much of her work. Lempicka too would also paint many of the unnamed men and women she had affairs with, so it is quite possible that some of the women depicted in Women Bathing may have been her lovers.
Although some of her paintings have the hard edge of cubism, many of her works, such as Women Bathing, retain a softness and depth, contrasting sharp angles with touchable flesh and an unashamedly feminine flair which can be seen even in her portraits of men. Lempicka's artwork remains as popular today as it was in her heyday, with her work often selling for millions at auction. She is also not short of celebrity collectors, including Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand, and her identification with female confidence and her celebration of liberal sexuality still resonates with audiences in the 21st Century.