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  • Provenance

    Atelier Georges Visat, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Please note this work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Matta currently being prepared by Mr. Ramuntcho Matta.

  • Artist Biography

    Matta

    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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Untitled

signed "Matta" lower right
oil on canvas
31 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (79.4 x 64.1 cm.)
Painted in 1976, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Germana Matta.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $50,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018