Wifredo Lam - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pierre Loeb, Paris
    Galerie Natalie Seroussi, Paris
    Acquired by the late owner in 2007

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Albert Loeb, Wifredo Lam: oeuvres de 1938 à 1946, en hommage à Pierre Loeb, September 17 - October 12, 1974, n.p. (illustrated)
    Salzburg, Salzburger Landessammlungen Rupertinum, Ideal and Reality: The Image of the Body in 20th-Century Art from Bonnard to Warhol, Works on Paper, July 18 - September 27, 1998, pp. 158, 271 (illustrated, p. 158)

  • 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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Property from the Estate of Howard Karshan



signed, inscribed and dated "Wilfredo Lam 1946 Paris" lower right
ink and wash on paper
12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (31.8 x 24.1 cm.)
Executed in 1946, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Lou Laurin Lam.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $21,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018