Matta - Latin America New York Monday, November 24, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Georges Visat, Paris
    Galerie Bel'Art, Stockholm
    Collection of Dr. Robert Atkins, New York
    New York, Christie’s, 19th and 20th Century Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, December 1, 1981, lot 96
    Acquired from the above sale by Mr. William Sheehy, Los Angeles
    Private Collection, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Stockholm, Galerie Bel’ Art, Matta, 1976, no.7

  • 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
85.1 x 102.9 cm (33 1/2 x 40 1/2 in.)
Signed "Matta" lower left.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Director of Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 24 November 2014 2pm