Matta - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale (acquired from the artist in 1980)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, Matta: Paintings from South Florida Collections, March 9-27, 1983
    Boca Raton, Boca Raton Museum, Matta Re-Generation, January 16–March 9, 1997
    Deland Museum of Art, Forging Identity: Contemporary Latin American Art, September 6, 2013–January 5, 2014

  • Literature

    Matta: Paintings from South Florida Collections, exh. cat., Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, 1983, no. 21 (illustrated)
    Matta Re-Generation, exh. cat., Boca Museum, Florida, 1997, no. 23 (illustrated)
    Forging Identity: Contemporary Latin American Art, exh. cat. Deland Museum of Art, Deland, 2014 (illustrated on cover)

  • 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
40 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (102.2 x 82.6 cm)
Painted in 1975, this work is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity issued by Germana Matta.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $68,750

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Latin America

New York Auction 22 November 2016