Lot 12
  • 12

ROBERTO MATTA | Nuit frontière

Estimate
150,000 - 200,000 EUR
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Description

  • Roberto Matta
  • Nuit frontière
  • signed and dated 39
  • colour pencil, pastel and pencil on paper
  • 34 x 50,3 cm; 13 3/8 x 19 3/4 in.
  • Executed in 1939.

Provenance

Galerie de France, Paris
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Latin American Art, 2 May 1990, lot 39
Natalie Seroussi, Paris

Exhibited

Nîmes, Carré d'Art, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Nîmes, Matta, dessins 1937-1989, 1990

Condition

Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down, affixed to the mount along the extreme edges and floating in its mount. The sheet is slightly undulating. There are pinholes at all four corners. There is a small repaired tear (approx. 0.8 cm long) to the upper part of the left edge and another smaller repaired tear to the upper left corner. All extreme edges are slightly scuffed with associated tiny nicks. There are a few flattened creases in places, most predominately along the extreme edges. The sheet is light stained with a small superficial scratch (approx. 6 cm long) to the lower left quadrant. This work is in overall good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

"I discovered with surprise […] his fascinating drawings made with coloured pencils, absolutely extraordinary landscapes, people with distorted nudes, strange architectures and vegetation […] when I left the room I was another man." Gordon Onslow-Ford, Towards a New Subject in Painting, 1948



This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Madame Germana Matta Ferrari.