Matta - LATIN AMERICA New York Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Germana Ferrari 204-213

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Il explose; Paterminant de l'Enfance; Les pretendants (Retour d'Ulysse); L'ergofrage (Naufrage du Titanic); Le conmer; Tranchetre; Le palais d'hiver (La Revolution d'Octobre); Etra hommoude; Etre etout and Vitreurs

  • 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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Hom’mere III-L’Ergonaute portfolio

The complete suite of ten aquatints in colors, on Japanese paper.
All: 19 5/8 x 15 in. (49.8 x 38.1 cm).
All signed and numbered XVIII/XXV in pencil (there was also an edition of 100 in Arabic numerals), published by Éditions Georges Visat, Paris, all contained in original linen covered portfolio, lacking the five aquatints with accompanying poem by Roberto Matta.

$15,000 - 20,000 


29 September 2010
New York