Wifredo Lam - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Zurich
    Private Collection
    Sale: Loudmer Scp., Paris, Importants Tableaux Abstraitset Contemporains, June 10, 1990, lot 207
    Private Collection
    Sale: Christian de Quay, Paris, Tableaux Modernes & Anciens, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, June 22, 1995, lot 86
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Zurich, Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Wifredo Lam, Peintures 1965-1976, 1987

  • Literature

    M.P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona/Paris, 1976, p. 244, no. 570 (illustrated)
    M.P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona/Paris, 1989, p. 264, no. 602 (illustrated)
    L. Laurin-Lam and E. Lam, Wifredo Lam Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work Volume II 1961-1982, Lausanne, 2002, pp. 141, 342, no. 70.83 (illustrated)

  • 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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oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 45 5/8 in. (81 x 116 cm)
Signed and dated "Wi Lam 1970" lower right. Also signed and dated "Wi Lam 1970" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Lou Laurin-Lam.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Latin America

20 November 2012
New York