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Roberto Matta

Le responsable de l'optimisme, 1959

Oil on canvas
23 2/5 × 28 7/10 in
59.4 × 72.8 cm
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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

Painted in 1959, this work is accompanied …

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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

Painted in 1959, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Alisée Matta.

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Signed "Matta" lower left; further signed, titled and inscribed "le responsable de l'optimisme 201 Matta" on the reverse
Roberto Matta
Chilean, 1911–2002
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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.

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About the work
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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

Painted in 1959, this work is accompanied …

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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

Painted in 1959, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Alisée Matta.

Guaranteed Property (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Please note that this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Alisée …

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Signature
Signed "Matta" lower left; further signed, titled and inscribed "le responsable de l'optimisme 201 Matta" on the reverse
Roberto Matta
Chilean, 1911–2002
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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.

Roberto Matta

Le responsable de l'optimisme, 1959

Oil on canvas
23 2/5 × 28 7/10 in
59.4 × 72.8 cm
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