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Wifredo Lam

UNTITLED, 1949

Pen and Indian ink, pencil, wash and watercolour on paper
9 3/5 × 12 2/5 in
24.3 × 31.4 cm
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Galerie des Modernes
Paris
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Certificate of authenticity by Mr. Eskil Lam

Certificate of authenticity by Mr. Eskil Lam

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©Galerie des Modernes, Paris
Wifredo Lam
Cuban, 1902–1982
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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).

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Certificate of authenticity by Mr. Eskil Lam

Certificate of authenticity by Mr. Eskil Lam

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Signed and dated lower right
Image rights
©Galerie des Modernes, Paris
Wifredo Lam
Cuban, 1902–1982
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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).

Wifredo Lam

UNTITLED, 1949

Pen and Indian ink, pencil, wash and watercolour on paper
9 3/5 × 12 2/5 in
24.3 × 31.4 cm
This is a unique work.
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