Matta - Latin America New York Monday, May 23, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Estate of the Artist
    Thomas Monahan Fine Art, Chicago

  • Literature

    T. Monahan, Matta: On the Edge of a Dream, Italy, 2015, p. 127 (illustrated)

  • 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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oil on canvas
61 2/3 x 71 2/3 in. (156.6 x 182 cm)
Signed "Matta" lower left. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Ramuntcho Matta.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $106,250

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Latin America

New York Auction 23 May 2016