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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FLORIDA

Wifredo Lam
SIN TÍTULO (BAÑO DE SOL) 
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
423

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FLORIDA

Wifredo Lam
SIN TÍTULO (BAÑO DE SOL) 
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Wifredo Lam
1902 - 1982
SIN TÍTULO (BAÑO DE SOL) 

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Eskil Lam and dated Paris le 21 décembre 2018. 

Provenance

Sarah Isabel Vázquez & Juan Castillo Castillo, Cuba (gift from the artist circa 1929) 
Thence by descent 

Catalogue Note

Upon his arrival to Madrid from Havana in late 1923, Wifredo Lam’s first project was to seek out Fernando Alvarez de Sotomayor, the newly appointed director of the Prado museum and Madrid’s leading portraitist. Under Sotomayor’s tutelage, he spent weeks studying and copying Dutch and Spanish masters ranging from Velásquez and Goya to Breughel the Elder. Lam was particularly fascinated by Bosch and El Greco, whose work he not only copied but analyzed in minute detail, seeking to understand their compositional strategies and the mechanics of their painting on a profound level.

During this time, Lam’s own work began to veer from strictly academic portraits and landscapes to lush, Symbolist-influenced works like Baño de sol (Sunbathing). Synthesizing the techniques of the masters with the work of Spanish Symbolists like Néstor, Lam reveled in rich patterning and luxuriant colors in these rare early paintings. Here, a softly smiling nude figure in a vibrant garden rests on an opulently embroidered garment as a couple in seventeenth-century Dutch dress serenade and fan her. Only about four paintings from this period remain extant, as Lam’s extreme poverty and high standards for his work led him to lose, sell cheaply or burn most of his early paintings. Sotheby’s is honored to present Baño de sol, which emerges for the first time since the mid-twentieth century from a collection closely connected to the artist himself.

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