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    Bruno Sabatier 393-402; Germana Ferrari 88-97

  • 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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Centre Noeuds

The complete set of 10 etchings in colors, on Japanese nacré paper, with full margins,
25 5/8 x 19 1/8 in. (65.1 x 48.6 cm)
all signed and numbered 69/125 in pencil (from the suite which accompanied the edition of 125 and 30 hors commerce in Roman numerals), co-published by Editions Alexander Kahan, New York and Editions Georges Visat, Paris, all contained within the original linen covered portfolio.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $4,750

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New York Auction 25 April 2016