Roberto Matta, ‘Composizione (7 Luglio)’, circa 1964-65, Phillips

Signature: Signed in blue ink on a label affixed to the reverse, titled in pencil on the front.

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

About 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.

Chilean, 1911-2002, Santiago, Chile, based in New York, Rome and Chile