Roberto Matta, ‘Let Any Flowers Bloom’, 1955, Sotheby's

This work is included in the archives of Germana Ferrari Matta under archive number 55/38.

From the Catalogue
As he entered the 1950s, Matta had matured the complexities of his earlier anthropomorphism and reoriented his original conception of infinite fictional space. Moving to Paris in the spring of 1955, he cultivated a renewed interest on the gesture. Through it, he delved deeper into automatism: a device for the articulation of signs and activation of hidden emotions.

Given the amplitude of these ambitious Parisian canvases, visual structure and chromatic freedom dominate the composition. The spectator, once a passive receptor, emerges as an active participant engulfed by large organic worlds filled with internal explosions. This is a “kingdom in ecstatic bloom: strenuous shoots, dazzling pistils and humming bumble-bees, all in gorgeous colours."

Ingemar Gustafson, Matta, 15 Forms of Doubting, Moderna Museet Stockholm, 1959, p.30
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Rome, Galleria dell'Oca, Matta: Opere dal 1939 al 1975, 1976, no. 21, p. 138, illustrated

Galleria La Medusa, Rome
Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, Rome
Sale: Christie's, New York, Latin American Art, November 21, 2000, lot 37, illustrated in color
Private Collection, New York
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Latin American Art, November 25, 2014, lot 52, illustrated in color
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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