Wifredo Lam - Double Female Nude  by Gandalf Via Flickr: Awarded a study grant upon his arrival in Spain in 1923, Lam threw himself into studying the old great masters of the Prado museum with his mentor, the academic painter and director of the museum, Fernando Alvrez de Sotomayor. At the same time, he discovered European modernist movements. Quickly integrated into the Spanish avant-garde circles, he studied the work of Cézanne, Matisse, Braque, Juan Gris and Picasso. The Surrealist movement particularly interested him and during these years he developed an interest in ethnography and African statues. In 1938, Lam was forced to flee Spain and arrived in Paris where he met Picasso and the Surrealists. He then began a different phase of his work before leaving for Cuba in 1941, where he stayed until his return to Europe in 1952.
[Sotheby’s, Paris - Gouache, charcoal, watercolour and oil on paper mounted on canvas, 158.2 x 142.8 cm]