Roberto Matta, ‘War Cartoon’, 1940-1942, Hollis Taggart Galleries

A certificate from Germana Matta Ferrari of the Archives de l'Oeuvre de Matta accompanies this work on paper.

Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Museum of New Mexico, "John B.L. Goodwin Collection," 19 March - 15 May 1972.

The artist
Collection of John B.L. Goodwin
Estate of Anthony P. Russo
Doyle, New York, Sale 08PT01, Lot 2117, May 20, 2008
Private collection, California

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

Exhibition Highlights

New York,
Exilic Pleasures: Surrealism Refuged in America
Roberto Matta: 1940s - 1960s