Wifredo Lam

Lisa Mona, Wifredo Lam, 1950

Wifredo Lam was a Cuban artist and his goal of his art was to portay the Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. His father was a Chinese immigrant and his mother was congolese and cuban. They practiced Catholicism along with their African Traditions which was some of his biggest influences. He tried to show humanity as a whole in his artwork because he thought too many people focused on the individual which is way his characters are so generic. He studied at San Alejandro in Cuba before moving to Spain until the turmoil in Spain forced him to move to Paris. Picasso was a big supporter of Lam and he was a major influence on Lam.
I chose “Lisa Mona” because I loved it’s simplicity and how generic it was. Also it reminded me of the art in a French cartoon movie, “The Triplets of Belleville” which has the same kind of quirky characters. (to check it out go to http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1794441497/) I found it really neat that Picasso was a supporter of Lam but Lam didn’t know how much they were a like until later in his career. When he came in contact with Picasso’s work he said, “not only a revelation, but… a shock.” I also loved the name of the painting and found it humorous but I also think he was trying to make it more universal.



~ by Rebekah Telfer on April 23, 2010.

3 Responses to “Wifredo Lam”

  1. Your blog was really informative. I like how you linked this work to the work of a person who was influential in the life and career of the artist. Having the artist’s own words on the subject was a particularly illuminating point.
    The piece itself is startling in its clarity of form and monochromatic pallet, which is a bold choice on the pat of the painter. The allusion to renaissance art apparent on the title also says something about both the artist, and the socio-political environment in which the piece was created.

  2. This is a very nice blog, great job on all the factual information and getting a little extra about the artist parents and religion was a nice touch!! I think this painting is probably considered exceptional. I didn’t find the name amusing but understand it better for having read your blog. Good choice.

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