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    Sale 2173

    Latin American Sale

    28 - 29 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 28

    Wifredo Lam (Cuban 1902-1982)

    Oiseau sur la terre

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    Wifredo Lam (Cuban 1902-1982)
    Oiseau sur la terre
    signed and dated 'Wifredo Lam, 1954' (lower right) and dedicated 'POUR JIULIO CRIPPA AMITIE, LAM, PARIS 1957' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    19¾ x 24 in. (50.2 x 61 cm.)
    Painted in 1954.


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    "The freedom to transpose and fragment, to construct scenarios which can combine humor and magic, springs from Lam's re-invention of Surrealism. If he was able, unlike the Surrealist themselves or Picasso, to speak from within the culture of the African-Caribbean, he was not restricted to it."

    Dawn Ades, Wifredo Lam in North America, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 2007, p. 46.

    Provenance

    R. G. Crippa collection, Milan (1957).
    Emil Najar collection, Jerusalem.
    Sotheby's, Tel Aviv, 7 October 1996, lot 46 (illustrated in color).
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Literature

    M.P. Fouchet, Wifredo Lam, 1st ed., Barcelona/Paris, Poligrafa/Cercle d'Art, 1976, p. 102, no. 109 (illustrated).
    M.P. Fouchet, Wifredo lam, 2nd ed., Barcelona/Paris, Poligrafa/Cercle d'Art, 1989, p. 106, no. 109 (illustrated).
    L. Laurin-Lam, Wifredo Lam: Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume I 1923-1960, Acatos, Lausanne, 1996, p. 446, no. 53.10 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Malmö, Sweden, Galerie Colibri, Wifredo Lam, 1955.
    Caracas, Museo de Bellas Artes, Lam, 1955.