Wifredo Lam - Latin America New York Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sale: Sotheby’s, London, Post-War and Contemporary Art, October 26,1989, lot 435
    Private Collection
    Sale: Tajan, Paris, Art Abstrait et Contemporain, May 26, 2005, lot 160
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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 "Wi Lam" lower right.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $36,875

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Henry Allsopp
Worldwide Director, Latin American Art
+ 1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York 23 May 2013 4pm