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Auction: Latin America
was auctioned on: 20 November 2012
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Wifredo Lam

Estimate: US$250,000 - US$350,000
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 23, Views: 68

CUBAN Wifredo Lam Personnage 1970 oil on canvas 31 7/8 x 45 5/8 in. (81 x 116 cm) Signed and dated "Wi Lam 1970" lower right. Also signed and dated "Wi Lam 1970" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Lou Laurin-Lam.
Provenance Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Zurich Private Collection Sale: Loudmer Scp., Paris, Importants Tableaux Abstraitset Contemporains, June 10, 1990, lot 207 Private Collection Sale: Christian de Quay, Paris, Tableaux Modernes & Anciens, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, June 22, 1995, lot 86 Private Collection Exhibited Paris, Zurich, Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Wifredo Lam Peintures 1965-1976, 1987 Literature M.P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam Barcelona/Paris, 1976, p. 244, no. 570 (illustrated) M.P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam Barcelona/Paris, 1989, p. 264, no. 602 (illustrated) 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) Artist Bio 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. View More Works

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Latin America
Date of the auction: 20 Nov 2012
Address: Phillips
New York