Lot 13
  • 13

Matta (1911-2002)

Estimate
800,000 - 1,000,000 USD
Sold
915,000 USD
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Description

  • Matta
  • Let Any Flowers Bloom
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

Galleria La Medusa, Rome
Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, Rome
Sale: Christie's, New York, Latin American Art, November 21, 2000, lot 37, illustrated in color
Private Collection, New York
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Latin American Art, November 25, 2014, lot 52, illustrated in color
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Rome, Galleria dell'Oca, Matta: Opere dal 1939 al 1975, 1976, no. 21, p. 138, illustrated

Catalogue Note

As he entered the 1950s, Matta had matured the complexities of his earlier anthropomorphism and reoriented his original conception of infinite fictional space. Moving to Paris in the spring of 1955, he cultivated a renewed interest on the gesture. Through it, he delved deeper into automatism: a device for the articulation of signs and activation of hidden emotions.

Given the amplitude of these ambitious Parisian canvases, visual structure and chromatic freedom dominate the composition. The spectator, once a passive receptor, emerges as an active participant engulfed by large organic worlds filled with internal explosions. This is a “kingdom in ecstatic bloom: strenuous shoots, dazzling pistils and humming bumble-bees, all in gorgeous colours."

Ingemar Gustafson, Matta, 15 Forms of Doubting, Moderna Museet Stockholm, 1959, p.30

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