Oiseau de Feu; and Oiseau de Fer (Bird of Fire; and Bird of Iron)

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    Wifredo Lam

    Cuban • 1902 - 1982

    Wifredo Lam was born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba and was of mixed Chinese, European, Indian and African descent. He studied under Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor, curator for the Museo del Prado and teacher of Salvador Dalí.



    While studying in Spain, he met Pablo Picasso, who would become his mentor and friend as well as one of his great supporters, introducing him to the intelligentsia of the time. Lam significantly contributed to modernism during his prolific career as painter, printmaker, sculptor and ceramist. His works explored Cubism and expanded the inventive parameters of Surrealism while negotiating figuration and abstraction with a unique blend of Afro-Cuban and Surrealist iconography. His iconic visual language incorporated syncretic and fantastical objects and combined human-animal figures fused with lush vegetation.

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Oiseau de Feu; and Oiseau de Fer (Bird of Fire; and Bird of Iron)

circa 1970
Two brass multiples, one polished and one chrome-plated.
both 26 x 9 x 10 cm (10 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.)
Both with incised signatures and impressed numbering '393/500A' and '393/500B' respectively.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 

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London Auction 24 January 2019