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  • Provenance

    Galleria Sant Erasmo, Milan
    Scaramouche Gallery, New York
    Phillips, New York, Latin America, 14 & 15 November 2011, lot 113
    Private Collection, USA

  • Artist Biography

    Matta

    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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Composizione (7 Luglio)

circa 1964-65
Pastel in colors, on wove paper, mounted to canvas on stretcher.
20 x 25 3/4 in. (50.8 x 65.4 cm)
Signed in blue ink on a label affixed to the reverse, titled in pencil on the front.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

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Editions and Works on Paper Including Works from the Piero Crommelynck Collection

New York Auction 18 April 2017