Sep 6, 2019



c. 1947

Wifredo Lam

(Cuban, 1902–1982)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Sheet: 48.9 x 62 cm (19 1/4 x 24 7/16 in.)

Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2019.174


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The birdlike creatures seen in this drawing recurred throughout Lam’s work during about six years that he spent in Cuba.


This untitled drawing by Cuban-African artist Wifredo Lam was created after the artist returned to his native country following time spent working in Europe. Back in Havana, Lam explored the religions practiced there, especially Santería and Voudou. The emphasis of both on the supernatural inspired a series of imaginative compositions, including the one seen here, which features winged creatures marked with areas of bright color.

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