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Wilfredo Lam, b.1902

Portrait1982

In ‘Portrait’ the sitter faces us directly but Lam intriguingly withholds the face, which is presented as a blank, brown mask, although the colours of the costume and the braided hair are obvious references to his native Cuba.

Wilfredo Lam died in Paris in 1982, his ashes were returned to Havana in keeping with his wishes to be buried in Cuban soil.

MediumLithograph
Dimensions64.8 x 50.8 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Smurfit: Cartón y Papel de México, 2000
EditionEdition 2/150
Item NumberIMMA.997 MP
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Wilfredo Lam, Portrait, 1982, Lithograph, 64.8 x 50.8 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Smurfit: Cartón y Papel de México, 2000

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About the Artist

Wilfredo Lam 1902–1982

Cuban painter and printmaker Wilfredo Lam studied at the San Alejandro Academy, Havana. From 1924 to 1942 Lam lived in Madrid and Paris, where he met Picasso, Breton and other artists of the Surrealist movement. Lam’s paintings of hybrid figures, influenced by both Western and Afro-Cuban culture, were exhibited extensively from the 1940s. He received the Guggenheim International Award in 1964. Major posthumous exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Grand Palais, Paris, and the Miami Art Museum. — View Artist »