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  • Provenance

    Gary Nader Collection

  • Exhibited

    1946
    La Habana., Lyceum, Lam. April 11-19, 1946
    1951
    New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery,
    Spring Exhibition, May-June 1951.
    1982
    New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Wifredo Lam.
    Early Works 1942-1951,June 1-26, 1982 ill. No 1 (col.).
    2002
    Yocohama, The Yokohama Museum of Art, WIfredo Lam:
    The Changing Image – Centennial Exhibition,
    October 26, 2002-January 13, 2003, number 60. Illustrated in color, page 95.

  • Literature

    Cahiers d’art, XX-XXi, Paris, 1945-1946, p.361 (b.w.).
    Max-Pol. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 1st Ediciones.Cercle d’Art, Paris, 1976, p.233, No 377 Ill. (b.w.)
    Max-Pol. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 2nd Ediciones., Poligrafa, Barcelona, 1989, p.253, No 409 Ill. (b.w.)
    Lou Laurin-Lam, Wifredo Lam Catalogue Raisonne of the painted work Vol I 1923-1960 Editions Acatos, Lausanne/Paris, 1996, Fig. 45.57 page 383. Ill. (b.w.)
    Jaques Leenhardt, Wifredo Lam, HC Editions, Paris, 2009. Illustrated in color, page 132.
    This work is accompanied by a letter from S.D.O Wifredo Lam stating tha as with many similar works of this period the original charcoal signature has faded over time.

  • Artist Bio

    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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Hermès Trismégiste

1945
oil on canvas
160 x 127 cm (63 x 50 in.)
Signed and dated lower right

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Wifredo Lam: Blurring Boundaries

London 10 – 21 October 2016