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Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002)
LOT ID: 69471
Damne par l'arc-en-ciel (pl. 5) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio, 1977

Etching / Engraving, Aquatint, on Japon paper
26 х 20 in. (66.04 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil lower margin.
Print/Casting Year 1977
Edition 100
Foundry/Publisher Edizioni Poligrafia, Barcelona Spain
Lot description
Sheet: 26 x 20" (66 x 50.8 cm)
Frame: 28 1/2 x 22 1/2" (72.4 x 57.2 cm)

This print reveals the artist’s unique style informed by the unconscious automatism of his Surrealist background and biomorphic figuration. In many of these works, Matta compositionally fuses organic and non-organic forms to show the creative-destructive cycle of the human-machine interface and specifically, war. Matta wanted to “make the invisible visible” by suppressing the conscious mind and allowing a subconscious reality to surface – in many cases this includes eroticized scenes of abjection and horror.

A Chilean-born artist who worked with many of the leading avant-garde artists – Le Corbusier, Salvador Dali, Andre Breton, Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy – Matta is widely considered to be one of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th century. Matta has been honored with a number of major surveys of his work including shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1955), and in Stockholm (1958), Bologna (1963), Mexico City (1964), Berlin (1970), Paris (1971), London (1977) and Tokyo (1986).
Damne par l'arc-en-ciel (pl. 5) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio by Roberto Matta
  • Damne par l'arc-en-ciel (pl. 5) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio by Roberto Matta
  • Damne par l'arc-en-ciel (pl. 5) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio by Roberto Matta
  • Damne par l'arc-en-ciel (pl. 5) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio by Roberto Matta
  • Damne par l'arc-en-ciel (pl. 5) from the Saison en Enfer Portfolio by Roberto Matta
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