amb inscripció darrere

Author: Roberto Matta

Title: amb inscripció darrere

Period: 20th Century

Date:: s. XX

Technique: Litography

Dimensions: 50 x 65 cm

Series number: 88/100

Registry number: GE-153

Roberto Matta

Santiago de Chile, 1911

Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (November 11, 1911 – Civitavecchia, Italy, November 23, 2002), better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile’s best-known painters and a seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surrealist art.

Born in Santiago, he studied architecture and interior design at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and graduated in 1935. That spring, he journeyed from Peru to Panama and completed surreal drawings of many of the geographical features he witnessed. He first encountered Europe while serving in the Merchant Marine after graduating. His travels in Europe and the USA led him to meet artists such as Arshile Gorky, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, André Breton and Le Corbusier.

It was Breton who provided the major spur to the Chilean’s direction in art, encouraging his work and introducing him to the leading members of the Paris Surrealist movement. Matta produced illustrations and articles for Surrealist journals such as Minotaure. During this period he was introduced to the work of many prominent contemporary European artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.

The first true flowering of Matta’s...

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