Portrait of a woman
"Portrait of a woman" by Wifredo Lam
*Materials: Surface: Paper
*Dimensions: 24.0 x 19.3 cm.
The painting is baring signature " W Lam", in the lower margin, which may oint to the influence of the famous Latin American artist. The painting has a reference number marked on verso, which in our opinion belong to the previous collections this artwork was part of.
Offering a fine tempera and gouache Modernist portrait of a woman, depicted in room interior. The artwork appears to have a gallery stamp on verso, or it may be the name of the previous collection and a collection reference number next to it.
Wifredo Lam was an Afro-Cuban artist best known for his unique Surrealist aesthetic that combined European artistic movements with the imagery of his native country. “I responded always to the presence of factors that emanated from our history and our geography, tropical flowers, and black culture,” Lam once said.
At early age Lam moved to Madrid, Spain to study with Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor, who had been the teacher of famed Surrealist Salvador Dalí. Lam moved to Paris after seeing an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work in Spain. Having arrived in Paris, he introduced himself to Picasso who subsequently showed Lam his collection of primitive artworks. The two artists' interaction figured heavily in Lam’s work throughout the remainder of his career. Having pursued a successful career within avant-garde circles on both sides of the Atlantic, he can be considered one of the most important artists to come out of the twentieth century.