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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Lam, 6- 24 June 1944, no. 4.
    San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New Directions in Modern Painting, July 1950, no. 13. Organized and circulated by the American Federation of the Arts, Washington, D.C.
    Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Surrealism, 27 September-16 November 1975, no. 29. This exhibition also travelled to Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, 26 November 1975-11 January 1976.
    New York, The Studio Museum Harlem, Wifredo Lam and His Contemporaries 1938-1952, 6 December 1992-11 April 1993, no. 31.
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Wifredo Lam in North America, 11 October 2007-21 January 2008, no. 31. This is exhibition also travelled to Miami, Miami Art Museum, 8 February-18 May 2008; Long Beach, California, Museum of Latin American Art, 12 June-31 August 2008; St. Petersburg, Florida, Salvador Dalí Museum, 2 October 2008-10 January 2009.

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Surrealism, Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art and Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, 1975, no. 29 (illustrated in color).
    Exhibition catalogue, Wifredo Lam and His Contemporaries 1938-1952, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1992, p. 119, no. 31 (illustrated in color).
    L. Laurin-Lam and E. Lam, Wifredo Lam: Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume I, 1923-1960, Lausanne, Acatos, 1996, p. 350, no. 44.36 (illustrated).
    Exhibition catalogue, Wifredo Lam in North America, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, 2007, p. 105, no. 31 (illustrated in color).

  • 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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Le Nid Fasciné (The Fascinated Nest),

1944
Oil on canvas
61 x 78.5 cm (24 x 30 7/8 in.)
Signed and dated lower left

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Wifredo Lam: Blurring Boundaries

London 10 – 21 October 2016