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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CALIFORNIA

Matta (1912-2002)
EARTH REBIRTH
Estimate
250,000350,000
JUMP TO LOT
28

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CALIFORNIA

Matta (1912-2002)
EARTH REBIRTH
Estimate
250,000350,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Latin America: Modern Art Evening Sale

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Matta (1912-2002)
EARTH REBIRTH
oil on canvas
46 3/4 by 66 3/4 in.
119 by 170 cm
Painted circa 1953.
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Provenance

David Herbert Gallery, New York
Marlborough Gallery, New York
The Estate of Daniel J. Weitzman, Southampton
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Important Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, November 26, 1985, lot 55, illustrated in color
Private Collection, New York
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Latin American Art, May 28, 2013, lot 27, illustrated in color
Acquired from the above by the present owner 

Exhibited

Southampton, Parrish Art Museum, Art from Southampton Collections, August 4-September 2, 1973

Catalogue Note

Dynamic and phantasmal, Earth Rebirth, painted circa 1953, is a captivating example of Matta’s midcentury style. Vibrant green and blue organic forms arise from turbulent machinery in the corners of the composition.  Set apart from the muted background by their vivid pigment, these forms seem to float upwards hopefully, bathed in a soft yellow glow from above. The swirling, violent grey elements move inward around them from all corners as they spring outward in a destabilizing, hallucinatory moment of rebirth. 

Following the Second World War, Matta became fascinated by the possibility of rebirth, of rebuilding a world devastated by conflict. After breaking from the Surrealists in 1948, he departed from the meditation on the subconscious that characterized his Psychological Morphologies, and sought to create work directly connected to the political moment. Matta believed that the role of painting was “shaking the spectators to enable them to get a better grip of reality, of a reality which is not represented because it is life itself.” (1) The present painting, primeval, chaotic, yet filled with hope, embodies this dynamic spirit.

(1) Alain Sayag, "The Liberation of the Spirit," Matta 1911-2011, Valencia, 2011, p. 184

Latin America: Modern Art Evening Sale

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New York