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© Wifredo Lam/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Country:Cuba (22)
Wifredo Lam
1902 - 1982
Cuba Tropisk växtlighet, 1945 - 1948
Tropical Growth
Olja på duk
Bildmått: 155 × 126 cm Ram: 158 × 130 × 4,5 cm
Purchase 1967 (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NM 6075 This artwork is not on display
- About the work

Wifredo Lam grew up in a multicultural environment in the Cuban countryside. He gave up his law studies in Havana for art and began painting plants in the city’s botanical gardens. His studies took him to Paris and the circle of surrealist artists. During the Second World War, Lam returned to Cuba where he portrayed the island’s landscapes, history and culture. “Tropical Vegetation” is a lush rendering of sugarcane, fruits and leaves, with totem-like figures emerging from the verdure. Lam’s paintings are also influenced by his contacts with Santería, a local religion that combines West African and Spanish Catholic traditions. The paintings evoke myth and ritual, paradise and hell. The scenes may at first seem exotic, but the stories they tell are universal. 

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