Wifredo Lam - Wifredo Lam London Thursday, October 20, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    New York, Albert Loeb Gallery, Lam, Paintings from 1938 to 1962, ill. (col.).

  • Literature

    M. Leiris, Lam, Milano, Fratelli Fabbri, 1970, No. 153 (b.w.).
    M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 1st ed., Barcelona/Paris, Poligrafa/Cercle d’Art, 1976, p.239, No 477 (b.w.)
    M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 2nd ed., Barcelona/Paris, Poligrafa/Cercle d’Art, 1989, p.259, No 509 (b.w.)
    Wifredo Lam Catalogue Raisonne of the painted work Vol II 1961-1982 Fig. 62.14 page 259.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ça Va Mal (Trouble is Here)

oil on canvas
70 x 100 cm (27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.)
Signed and dated lower right

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Wifredo Lam

London 10 – 21 October 2016