Two works: Untitled (Studies for Paintings)

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Venezuela
    Latin American Masters, Santa Monica
    Private Collection

  • 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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Two works: Untitled (Studies for Paintings)

1957
ink on paper
each 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (31.8 x 24.1 cm.)
(i) Signed and dated "Wi Lam 1957" lower right;
(ii) Signed and dated"Wi Lam 1957" lower left.

Estimate
$18,000 - 22,000 

sold for $27,500

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Head of Latin America Sale
lgonzalez@phillips.com
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 29 May 2014 4pm