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  • Literature

    Roland Sabatier 1-7

  • Catalogue Essay

    The New School series are the first etchings ever created by Matta. They were printed in the studio of Stanley William Hayter at the New School for the social research in New York in 1943. Hayter's studio was a central point for many of the leading avante-garde Europeans who came to New York to escape the wartime occupation of Paris.

  • Artist Biography


    Chilean • 1911 - 2002

    After graduating from university in Santiago in 1935 with a degree in architecture, Roberto Matta traveled to Europe where he met André Breton, the founder of the Surrealist movement in Europe. In 1938, he began painting and moved to the United States for ten years. During this period he sought to evoke the human psyche in his work, inspired by Freudian psychoanalysis. Matta's works became increasingly dominated by a socio-political element, which broke from the conventions of Surrealism.

    Matta was also a seminal figure in Abstract Expressionism but broke away from this too to develop a highly personal artistic vision. His mature works blend abstraction with elements of figuration and fantastically-conceived, multi-dimensional space. He was heavily involved in the social movements of the 1960s and '70s and a strong supporter of Salvador Allende's socialist government.

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The New School portfolio

The complete set of ten etchings with hand-colored etching frontispiece, on Arches paper.
15 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (38.7 x 28.6 cm).
All signed and numbered 26/70 in pencil (there were also 10 hors-commerce impressions), published by Editions Sabatier, Paris, 1980.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Latin America

3 Oct 2009
New York