Matta - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Pennsylvania
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Christie's, Paris, December 9, 2011, lot 58
    Acquired at the above sale by the late owner

  • 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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Property from the Estate of Howard Karshan


To Picture Orbits for the Most Complex Conflicts

signed, titled and dated "to picture orbits for the most complex conflicts Matta 49" lower right
colored pencil and graphite on paper
9 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (24.8 x 34.9 cm.)
Executed in 1949, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Germana Ferrari Matta.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Mr. Ramuntcho Matta.

$12,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $25,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018