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

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  • Provenance

    Gary Nader Collection

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Artcurial, Wifredo Lam, aeuvres historiques, aeuvres récentes, ill. (b.w.)/Twello (Nederland), Galerie Jacques Sieverding, Wifredo Lam, recentes werken, ill. (b.w.).

  • Literature

    M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 1st ed., Barcelona/Paris, Poligrafa/Cercle d’Art, 1976, p.243, No 547 (b.w.)
    M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 2nd ed., Barcelona/Paris, Poligrafa/Cercle d’Art, 1989, p.263, No 579 (b.w.)
    Wifredo Lam Catalogue Raisonne of the painted work Vol II 1961-1982 Fig. 72.166 page 388.

  • 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

Le Potrait d’un inconnu (A Portrait of an Unknown)

oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm (19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.)
Signed and dated lower left, also signed and dated on the reverse

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Wifredo Lam

London 10 – 21 October 2016