Lot 3: Etching/aquatint "Figural Composition", by Wifredo Lam, 1972
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Etching with aquatint
Wifredo Lam (1902 - 1982) - Cuban artist
Prints by Wifredo Lam fetch up to 2,500 Euros at international auctions
Signed lower right in pencil "Wifredo"
Numbered lower left in pencil "3/99"
Overall dimensions, framed: 65 x 84.5 cm
This etching with aquatint by Wifredo Lam was made in 1972. It shows a figural composition in a style that is characteristic of the Cuban artist. In this work, too, his inspiration from the Afro-Caribbean Santeria cult is visible; the figures of the composition appear like vivacious ghosts that conjure forms by dancing wildly. The stylized figures appear intense, animated, emotional and spiritual, all at the same time.The print is in good condition; the frame shows traces of wear. The sheet is signed lower right in pencil, "Wifredo", and numbered lower right in pencil, "3/99". The overall dimensions, framed, are 65 x 84.5 cm; the printing plate's size is 37 x 48 cm.
Wifredo Lam (1902 - 1982)
The Cuban artist Wifredo Lam studied at the Art School in Havana. Already in 1923, he emigrated to Spain and later to France, where he befriended Pablo Picasso and André Breton and was inspired by the art of the time. His Surrealist works, internationally exhibited, often refer to the Santeria cult known and practiced in Cuba.