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The Jungle

Wifredo Lam

The Jungle

Wifredo Lam
  • Date: 1943
  • Style: Cubism, Surrealism
  • Genre: figurative
  • Media: gouache, canvas, paper
  • Dimensions: 239 x 229 cm

Lam painted The Jungle, his masterpiece, two years after returning to his native Cuba from Europe, where he had been a member of the Surrealist movement. The work, “intended to communicate a psychic state,” Lam said, depicts a group of figures with crescentshaped faces that recall African or Pacific Islander masks, against a background of vertical, striated poles suggesting Cuban sugarcane fields. Together these elements obliquely address the history of slavery in colonial Cuba.

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