Roberto Matta and Victor Brauner’s Innervision, 1956. Estimate €500,000 – 700.000 / $535,000-750,000.
PARIS - A monumental picture conceived as a collaborative project by Roberto Matta and Victor Brauner, Innervision takes up the principles of the cadavre exquis. Created in 1956 at a time when households were acquiring televisions – a revolutionary medium as fascinating as it was feared –, the work is constructed around a screen on which strange Cyclopes focus their bulging eyes. A fish-moon (created by Brauner) with a luminous, almost mystic face, gazes placidly into the distance with immense eyes. Around it Matta's creatures, straight out of a science-fiction novel, move around in febrile excitement, waving their arms as though electrified by this window constantly open onto the world. All the power of the painting lies in a paradox imbued with poetry, where the contemplative serenity of one side meets the passionate expressions of the other, feverishly questioning the eruption of this brand-new Big Brother into the world of men. Enfants terribles of art, Matta and Brauner were both dismissed from the Surrealist group, one for "intellectual disqualification and moral ignominy," the other for objecting to this arbitrary exclusion. Far from being intimidated by the affront, the two rebels formed a deep friendship and together created works that made history. As proof, the pendant to this oil on canvas, Intervision, also created as a duo the previous year, is now in the Musée National d’Art Moderne.