Wifredo Lam - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, 26 October 1989, London
    Private Collection, United States
    Tajan, 26 May 2005, Paris

  • Literature

    Jacques Leenhardt, Wifredo Lam, Paris: HC Editions, 2009, p 277. Illustrated in color.

  • 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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Pastel and charcoal on paper.
25 x 19 1/8 in. (63.5 x 48.6 cm).
Signed lower right.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Latin America

14 & 15 November 2011
New York