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Wilfredo Lam

LFS Art Project

Allison Pfaendler

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Wilfredo Lam

Wilfredo Lam By Allison Pfaendler "Composition" Lam's Life First Response Background Cuban
Born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, 1901
Died in Paris, France, 1982
Studied in San Alejandro and Spain
In 1940, he took refuge with a group of surrealists in Marseilles
Left Europe for Cuba once more where he profected his Afro-Caribbean style
Later in Haiti, he witnessed voodoo ceremonies which expanded his visual-poetic expression of Afro-Caribbean identity
As he grew older, he developed a more simplistic, abstract style Thought it was cubism
noticed women and creatures
figured fork is to show negative aspects
notice earthy tones Tone dark due to his visit to Haiti in 1946
colors and figures created the negative tone
Space provides much ambiguous space
this space creates a somber tone Colors & Lighting No longer is he using bright Neoimpressionist colors
More earth tones are used here to create a negative feel
negative space used to create light
shadow is placed on women oil on canvas
Painted in 1976
painted during time
pesonalized primitivism
one of his latest works
Painted after living through the two World Wars
His goal was to create, "hallucinating figures that can cause surprise and trouble the minds of the exploiters." Wilfredo Lam in the Long Run Figures Figures Lines grotesque shapes which symbolize the third world affecting the developed world
alluding to repulsive animals
animals created a mythological feel to steer away from the academic women
aggressive forms are used
fork and teeth Style Surrealist manner influenced from his years in France
took on a third world offensive against established taste
went against western style
attempted a modernity that decentralized and de-westernized his paintings Work Cited Ironic- most of western society purchases Lam's art including "Compostion" Gueguen, François, Lowery Stokes Sims, Christine Frerot, and Unity Woodman. "Wifredo LAM." Wifredo LAM. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2010. <http://www.wifredolam.net/fr/index.html>.
"WILFREDO LAM." A lo Cubano. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2010. <http://alocubano.com/wifredo_lam.htm>.
Mosquera, Gerardo. "Modernism from Afro-America: Wifredo Lam ." Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2010. <>. The main structure provided for sharp lines
The extra shapes were more curved
Sharp and curved lines shows the modernized western style
circular eyes create a hollow feel
women sitting in an academic pose which symbolizes the aristocrates
women is both elegant in her pose and primitive in her features
tended to paint elegant ladies with grotesque creatures coming from different angles of the women
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