Wifredo Lam - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 17, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    International sculpture exhibition, Ca' Zenobia di Sommacampagna, Verona

  • Exhibited

    Verona, Ca' Zenobia di Sommacampagna, Mostra internazionale di scultura Ca' Zenobia, August - September 1978

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue A. Rudi, 70 scultori contemporanei: Mostra internazionale di scultura Ca' Zenobia Agosto-Settembre 78, Verona, 1978, n.p. (illustrated); Exhibition catalogue Wifredo Lam: The Messenger, Tresart, Miami, 2006, p. 28-29, n. 12 (another from the edition 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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L'Oiseau de feu (A & B)

Polished brass and chrome-plated metal in two parts.
Each: 26 x 14 x 9 cm (10 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in).
Each incised with signature 'WLam' and edition number. This work is from an edition of 500.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £5,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Feb 2011