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  • Provenance

    Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Matta, Matta, May 1985

  • Literature

    Matta, exh. cat., Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, 1985 (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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Creative Net-work

titled "Creative Net-work" on the reverse
oil on canvas
40 1/2 x 37 1/8 in. (102.9 x 94.3 cm)
Painted in 1984, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Germana Matta.

$60,000 - 80,000 

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Kaeli Deane
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New York
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Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017