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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CHICAGO

Matta (1911-2002)
L'ENGIN DANS L'ÉMINENCE
Estimate
250,000350,000
JUMP TO LOT
18

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CHICAGO

Matta (1911-2002)
L'ENGIN DANS L'ÉMINENCE
Estimate
250,000350,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Latin America: Modern Art | Latin America: Contemporary Art

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Matta (1911-2002)
L'ENGIN DANS L'ÉMINENCE
signed lower right
oil on canvas
45 by 57 1/2 in.
115 by 146
Painted in 1955. 
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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Germana Matta and numbered 55/25. 

Provenance

Galerie Furstenberg, Paris
Galerie Serguy, Paris
Galerie Mona Lisa, Paris
Sale: Christie's, New York, The Latin American Sale: Important Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, November 24, 1998, lot 46, illustrated in color 

Exhibited

Chestnut Hill, Boston College, McMullen Museum of Art, Matta: Making the Invisible Visible, February–May, 2004, no. 28, p. 114, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

Throughout the canvases Matta painted over the fifty-plus years of his post-New York career, certain visual ideas appear repeatedly. He evokes an endless, shifting space that conveys a palpable level of movement throughout the field. He manipulates pigments so that, both in color and in the means of application, they conjure up vaporous, unearthly spaces, the metallic shine of a machine piece, or the excessive brilliance and tone sickened by technological disaster. He conveys themes of mythological significance, futuristic warfare, and tales of phantasmic creatures undersea, in the universe of in unknown worlds. Finally, although many of his paintings are incomprehensible in precise terms, the created effect imparts a blending of the conscious and unconscious, the literal and the imaginary, that rarely fails to unsettle the viewer.

 

Mary Schneider Enriquez, “Roberto Matta: International Provocateur”,  Matta: Making the Invisible Visible (exhibition catalogue), Chicago, 1994, pp.37-8

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