Announcements for the sequel to the popular Rapture-centric DLC to Bioshock Infinite are making the rounds again, including the key visual painting from the first instalment. I felt this is a good occasion to talk to you about Tamara de Lempicka and her influence on the Bioshock series.
Lempicka is a painter from the Art Deco era. She was born in 1889 and her body of work is a rich and authentic time capsule for the aesthetics, architecture, fashion and style of the the early 1900s.
This makes her paintings an invaluable resource for anybody trying to channel Art Deco in their work or for anyone aiming to make period pieces set in the early 20th century. Bioshock’s Rature setting – as found in the first two instalments of the series and revisited in the Burial At Sea DLCs for Bioshock Infinite – is just doing that. A bloody Art Deco theme park, well researched and with more than one nod to Lempicka’s iconic work.
On Tamara de Lempicka and Bioshock’s art. (Click through for gorgeous images; de Lempicka has been a longtime favourite of mine)