Wifredo Lam - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie LeLong, Paris
    Private Collection, Denmark
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Gérard Xuriguera, Wifredo Lam, Paris, 1974, p. 59 (illustrated, erroneously titled Jeune fille, dated 1971)
    Max-Pol Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona/Paris, 1976, n. 229, p. 180 (illustrated, dated 1972)
    Sebastià Gasch, Wifredo Lam a París, Barcelona, 1976, n. 71, n.p. (illustrated, p. 154, dated 1972)
    Max-Pol Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona, 1989, no. 229, p. 276 (illustrated, p. 184)
    Lou Laurin-Lam and Eskil Lam, Wifredo Lam. Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume II 1961-1982, France, 2002 , no. 73.70, pp. 101, 405, 533 (illustrated, pp. 100, 405)

  • 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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Personnage 20/24

signed and dated 'Wifredo Lam 1973' lower right; signed and dated 'Wifredo Lam 1973' on the reverse
oil on canvas
60.1 x 50.2 cm (23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in.)
Painted circa 1971-1973, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £151,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 October 2021