Wifredo Lam, ‘Personnage’, 1970, Leandro Navarro

Bibliography: M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona and Paris, 1976, p. 244, no. 570 (illustrated, reproduction of an earlier version)
M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona and Paris, 1989, p. 264, no. 602 (illustrated, reproduction of an earlier version)
L. Laurin-Lam and E. Lam, Wifredo Lam Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume II 1961-1982, Lausanne, 2002, pp. 141, 342, no. 70.83 (illustrated)

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Mme Lou Laurin-Lam, dated Paris, 13 February 1990 and numbered 90-21.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right Wi Lam 1970; signed and dated on the reverse Wi Lam 1970

Exhibitions: Paris, Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Wilfredo Lam, Peintures 1965-1976, 1987, no. 11 (illustrated p.14). This exhibition also travelled to their Zurich gallery, 1987, no. 10 (illustrated in colour).

Bibliography: M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona and Paris, 1976, p. 244, no. 570 (illustrated, reproduction of an earlier version)
M-P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, Barcelona and Paris, 1989, p. 264, no. 602 (illustrated, reproduction of an earlier version)
L. Laurin-Lam and E. Lam, Wifredo Lam Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume II 1961-1982, Lausanne, 2002, pp. 141, 342, no. 70.83 (illustrated)

GaAnon. sale: Loudmer, Scp., Paris, Importants Tableaux Abstraitest Contemporains, 10th June 1990, lot 207
Private Collectionlerie Maeght-Lelong, Zurich; Private Collection

About Wifredo Lam

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