Born Maria Górska to a Polish socialite mother and a powerful Russian attorney father, the privileged and well traveled Lempicka developed the confidence and poise to be at ease with her portrait sitters, who were the cream of society and industry. An independent spirit from an early age, she was 18 when she married Tadeusz Lempicki in 1916. About a year later, during the Russian Revolution, the couple fled to Paris. She was a workaholic and an elusive wife and mother, neglecting her their daughter Kizette, whom she immortalized in portraits, and her husband, who left in 1928 because of Lempicka’s feverish pursuit of lovers, models, and patrons. She remarried to Baron Raoul Kuffner, who made her a baroness and assured her place in high society.