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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).

High auction record
$9.6m, Sotheby's, 2020
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, MALBA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Wifredo LamMuseo Reina Sofía
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo LamTate
2015
Wifredo LamCentre Pompidou
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Oiseau du Possible (Bird of the Possible), 1975

Lithograph on Arches paper
18 1/2 × 14 3/5 in
47 × 37 cm
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$1,750
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DA
Discoveries in Art
Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Front
Frame
Not included
Price ranges of medium-sized prints by Wifredo Lam
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$1,650–$1,800
This work
$0
$3,450+

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).

High auction record
$9.6m, Sotheby's, 2020
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, MALBA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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