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.
Unframed, 64.8 x 50.8 cm
Framed, 89 x 72 cm
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, Smurfit: Cartón y Papel de México, 2000|
|Item Number||IMMA.997 MP|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
Cuban artist 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 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
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