How the Surrealist Movement Shaped the Course of Art History
This outstanding print by the Cuban Master was done in 1974, by A.H. Grafik, in Stockholm. It measures 28" x 20". This was from a portfolio of 10 images. It is in excellent condition, and is unframed.
During his sixty-year career (1923-1982) Lam was to pave the way for contemporary artists of African, Asian, Pacific, and Native American descent in the international art world. But the road was not always easy or straightforward. His arrival in Paris effectively precipitated the first crisis of modernism by introducing the "primitive" into "primitivism." He confronted European modernists with a real human entity both conversant in his traditional culture and trained in modernist conventions.
As is the case with all of our Latin Master graphic work, we guarantee the authenticity of this work, and will provide a letter of authentication on our gallery letterhead.
Signature: signed lower right. numbered lower left from an edition of 262.
Publisher: A.H. Grafik, Stockholm.
acquired from a major NY collection.
A major early 20th-century painter, Wifredo Lam fused elements of Cubism and Surrealism with African culture in paintings that were exhibited alongside those of Pablo Picasso and other Cubists and Fauvists. A native Cuban, Lam hailed from Chinese, European, Indian, and mixed-African descent, and he was deeply influenced by African spiritual practices such as Santeria. He studied in Spain under the same teacher as Salvador Dalí and became a friend of Picasso after moving to Paris in 1938. After returning to Havana in 1941, Lam began producing paintings that were dominated by hybridized human-animal-vegetal figures. There he produced his most famous work, The Jungle (1943), which depicted four grotesque figures with mask-like faces emerging from dense vegetation, and has drawn comparisons with Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica (1937).
Cuban, 1902-1982, Sagua La Grande, Cuba, based in Cuba