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Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902–1982)
LOT ID: 78263
Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal]; 2 works), 1975

Etching / Engraving, and lithograph
12.5 х 10 in. (31.75 x 25.4 cm.)
Signed, and numbered on recto.
Print/Casting Year 1975
Edition 73/100
Lot description
1) Wifredo Lam, Untitled (from Dessins), 1975. Etching in colors, 12.5 x 10 inches (31.8 x 25.4 cm), edition 73/100. Signed and numbered in pencil on recto. Framed and glazed.

2) Wifredo Lam, Untitled (No. 44 - Quetzal), 1947. Lithograph in colors, 16.5 x 13 inches (41.9 x 33 cm), edition of 70. Signed and titled on recto. Framed and glazed.

Cuban-born Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) is known for his stylized utilization of the erotic, mythological creatures of his native culture within a sophisticated Surrealist idiom. His paintings, prints, and sculptures reference his life experiences from his 1946 sojourn to Haiti and Cuba, to his studies with Pablo Picasso and André Breton in Paris. Lam attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba in 1916 and then studied at the Acadamia San Atejandra, Havana, Cuba. After moving to Spain, he attended the Free Academy in Madrid from 1924-1928. In 1938 he moved to Paris where he became associated with the Surrealists. Lam spent his time between Paris and Cuba. Over the span of his life, Lam received numerous awards, including First Prize at the Salone Nacionale in Havana, Cuba in 1951; the Guggenheim International Award, New York in 1964; and the Premio Marzotto in Milan, Italy in 1965.

Throughout his career, he participated in many exhibitions around the world, including solo shows at Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York; the Institute of contemporary Arts in London, UK; and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Lam's work continues to be featured in shows throughout the world. His work can also be seen in the public collections of the Tate Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Galerie, Berlin, Germany; and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Lam died in Paris in 1982.

Selected Public Collections:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
  • Untitled (from Dessins) (+ Untitled [No. 44 - Quetzal] 2 works) by Wifredo Lam
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