Artist: Wifredo Lam
Artwork: Au Commencement De La Nuit (Bonjour Monsieur Lam)
Size: 74.9 x 150.5 cm
Medium: Oil on burlap
Creation year: 1959
Marks: Signed Wifredo Lam and dated 1959 (lower right); titled and dated 1959 (on the reverse)
Provenance: Collezione Furstenburg, Milan; I. Salomon, Paris; J. Krebs, Brussels; Private Collection, Italy (and sold: Sotheby's, London, December 3, 1992, lot 3); Galeria Freites, Caracas; Private Collection, Tel Aviv (and sold: Christie's, New York, November 16, 1994, lot 71) ; Private Collection, New York ; Private Collection (acquired from the previous and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 16, 2011, lot 12) ; Acquired at the previous sale
Exhibition history: Milan, Galleria Pagani del Grattacielo, Opere Recenti di Lam, 1959, no. 13; Paris, Galerie La Cour d'Ingres, Wifredo Lam, 1961, n.n; Basel, Kunsthalle; Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft; Wifredo Lam Malerei, Vic Gentils Bildhauerei, 1966-1967, no. 53 ; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Stockholm, Moderna Museet & Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Wifredo Lam, 1967, n.n. ; Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, Surrealism, 2000-01, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue; Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, The Latin Century: Beyond the Border, 2002, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue; Oakdale, New York, The Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Visiones: 20th Century Latin Art, 2003, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue; Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, A Collector's Insight: Latin Visions, 2004-05, n.n.; Roslyn Harbor, Nassau Country Museum of Art, Latin Masters, 2007, n.n.