Tamara de Lempicka was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1898 to a wealthy family. Her father was a Jewish man, and her mother was a wealthy Russian woman. When Tamara was sixteen years old, she was married to Tadeusz Lempicki, who married her for her significant dowry, as he was a poor lawyer who could barely support himself. This was only the beginning of her troubles, as in 1917, when the Russian Revolution began, her family fled the country while Tamara and her husband stayed. Within the year, their home was invaded by the Bolsheviks in middle of the night when Tamara and her husband were having sex. Tamara’s husband was arrested, and her home ransacked.