Matta - Evening & Day Editions New York Monday, October 26, 2015 | Phillips

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    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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Etre hommande, plate VIII, from Hom'mere III, L'Ergonaute

Etching and aquatint with extensive hand-coloring in pastel, on Arches paper, with full margins,
I. 19 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (48.9 x 37.5 cm)
S. 26 x 19 3/4 in. (66 x 50.2 cm)

signed in pencil, a unique proof (aside from the numbered edition of 100 and 25 hors commerce in Roman numerals), published by Editions Georges Visat, Paris, inscribed and stamped by the Visat studio saying the etching has been worked in pastel by Matta, unframed.

$6,000 - 8,000 

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 26 October 2015