Most of her paintings including this one always meant to free women from the clutches of being viewed as only sexual objects for men. It was depicted in such a way that all women regardless of their sexuality can own who they are entire without fear or shame. This art décor showcases the strength of a woman so beautifully and elegantly as it ushered many women in the Roaring Twenties. Lempicka was quite different from her fellow men painters as her style of painting was different from the rest. As it was well known by her avid fans of her paintings she was so captured by the cubists and how they deconstructed every form that she also used it in her paintings including this particular portrait. In those times this was such a wonderful but rather daring depiction of the Duchesse. The Cubists technique was referenced in the backdrop of this painting as the cityscape was geometricized greatly.
We say that it's as daring as the model is viewed as being confident and the aura she exuberates is grandeur which was so unlikely for women to be as confident as the painting. She definitely is a trailblazer by setting the bar so high by showcasing women as being strong and opinionated yet still maintaining their gentle nature as most of her paintings are usually women staring at a distance longing for some peace and tranquility. The woman in the portrait has been accorded male attire as she wears clothes meant for riding which men mostly wore and also a hairstyle that was mostly seen in men's heads.
The elegance in the portrait is strengthened in the way the curtains at background look so chick yet still elegant. This oil painting was so similar to that of the painting she later painted of her husband Baron Kuffner. However, it has been said that the portrait of Duchesse was her favorite which depicts her sophisticated nature and women's power. The modern woman has been imaged having the sheer determination that was only seen in men and also them being unapologetic with their sexuality. One also needs to understand that this way of dressing for women wasn’t forbidden but rather hard to find women dressing this way. She was inspired by Jean-Dominique Ingres who also blended cubism and neoclassic style. She was also amazed by the Italian Renaissance style of painting.