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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Basel Kunsthalle Wifredo Lam Malerei/ Vic Gentils Bildhauer September 10- October 9, No.16/ Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, Wifredo Lam, December 16, 1966 - January 16, 1966, No. 16 / Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum Wifredo Lam, January 26 - March 12, 1967, No.16 / Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Wifredo Lam, April 8 - May 7, 1967 No. 16 / Bruxelles, palais de Beaux-Arts, Wifredo Lam, May 18 - June 18, 1967, No.16.

  • 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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Mère et Enfant (Mother and Child)

charcoal & pastel on paper mounted on board
103 x 84 cm (40 1/2 x 33 1/8 in.)
Signed and dated w.lam 1943 lower right

Contact Specialist
Henry Allsopp
Worldwide Head of Latin American Art
+44 20 7318 4060 August Uribe
Deputy Chairman, Americas
+1 212 940 1208

Wifredo Lam: Blurring Boundaries

London 10 – 21 October 2016