Roberto Matta (1911 - 2002)

Lot 4: Etching/aquatint "Feuilles Ouvertes", by Roberto Matta, 1971

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December 7, 2012
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Description: Etching with colour aquatint
Chile, 1971
Roberto Matta (1911-2002) - Chilean architect and Surrealist artist
Prints by Roberto Matta fetch up to 4,000 Euros at international auctions
Signed in pencil lower right, "Matta"
Numbered in pencil lower left, "77/100"
Listed in the Sabatier catalogue raisonné of the prints, Nr. 259
Overall dimensions, framed: 80 x 59.5 cm
Very good condition

This etching with colour aquatint by Roberto Matta was made in 1971. The Chilean artist is known for his so-called "technique of psychological morphologies". It was Matta's ambition to translate, in a Surrealist manner, the human psyche into a visual form. In this work, he combines organic and cosmic forms of life and thereby creates new, abstract dimensions. Biomorphic figures seem to be floating in air and playing on a hill - because of the movements and the colouring, it is unclear whether it is a joyful or hasty scene. An interesting composition that was created in a most elaborate manner.

The print is in very good condition; the frame shows traces of wear. It is signed in pencil lower right, "Matta", and numbered in pencil lower left, "77/100". The overall dimensions, framed, are 80 x 59.5 cm; the plate size is 41 x 57 cm.

Roberto Matta (1911-2002)
Matta was born in 1911 in Santiago de Chile. He studied architecture in Chile and later moved to Paris where he worked for Le Corbusier. There, he befriended a number of Surrealists including Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dalí and André Breton, who was the leader of the movement and felt that Matta was a Surrealist at heart. Although at the time, Matta only wrote about architecture for Surrealist publications, such as "Minotaure," Breton encouraged him to begin painting in 1938. That year, he also participated in the great Surrealist Exhibition in Paris. Shortly thereafter, Matta moved to New York, where he was very quickly accepted as an artist, to escape the chaos of WWII. He returned to Europe in 1948 and moved to Rome. Matta's interest in political issues has always been an important element of his art.
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