Roberto Matta

​Like Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory (1931), Crucifiction (1938) by Chilean painter Roberto Matta is considered a Surrealist masterpiece. Indeed, Matta was heavily influenced by Dalí and Yves Tanguy, and became an important figure in the evolution of Surrealism, painting dreamlike, internal “inscapes” early on and, later, intense compositions reflecting the psychic damage caused by Europe’s ongoing wars. Shifting biomorphic shapes painted or drawn in vivid colors populated Matta’s often-apocalyptic scenes, conveying confusion and angst. Additionally, Matta’s style and willing exploration of the Surrealist philosophy of “automatic composition” heavily influenced the development of the Abstract Expressionist school’s exploration of Action painting.

Le Cinema (from Scenes famileres) Le Cinema (from Scenes famileres)
Je Fixe des Vertiges (plate 1) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio Je Fixe des Vertiges (plate 1) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio
Damne Par L’Arcen Ciel Damne Par L’Arcen Ciel
Melodia Melodio  Melodia Melodio
Pilar de l’Atlas Pilar de l’Atlas
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Roberto Matta

Le Cinema (from Scenes famileres)
Color Etching
Edition of 50
Signed and Numbered
23 1/2 x 50 inches
1962
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Roberto Matta

Je Fixe des Vertiges (plate 1) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio
etching and aquatint
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
26 x 20 inches
1977
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Roberto Matta

Damne Par L’Arcen Ciel
etching and aquatint on Japan paper
Signed and Numbered, including monogrammed on lower right
Edition of 100
26.5 x 20 inches
1985
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Roberto Matta

Melodia Melodio
carborundum etching on handmade paper
Signed and Numbered
Edition of 125
44 x 35 inches
1995
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Roberto Matta

Pilar de l’Atlas
Pastel, colored crayon, & pencil on paper.
Titled lower left & signed lower right.
19¾ x 25½ inches
1965
Provenance: This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the artist’s son-Ramuntcho Matta Archive no. DRAO65F103
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