Wifredo Lam - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Fischbach Gallery, New York
    Galerie Beyeler, Basel
    Studio Bellini, Milan
    Acquired from the above by the present owners in the late 1970s

  • Literature

    Surrealismo, exh. cat., Levi Arte Moderna, Milan, 1974, no. 52, n.p. (illustrated)
    Max-Pol Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona, 1976, no. 340, p. 257 (illustrated, p. 230)
    Max-Pol Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona, 1989, no. 372, p. 277 (illustrated, p. 250)
    Lou Laurin-Lam, Wifredo Lam: Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume 1, 1923-1960, Lausanne, 1996, no. 42.98, p. 317 (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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Property from an Italian Private Family Collection


Deux personnages

signed and dated "Wifredo Lam 1-8-42" lower right
charcoal and tempera on paper
40 x 30 1/8 in. (101.7 x 76.4 cm.)
Executed in 1942.

$180,000 - 250,000 

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019