Lot 381
  • 381

MATTA | Conduite intérieure

300,000 - 400,000 USD
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  • Matta
  • Conduite intérieure
  • Signed with the artist's monogram (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas


Matthew Carone, Florida (acquired from the artist in 1969 and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 20, 2006, lot 38) 
Acquired at the above sale 


Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art, Matta: Paintings from South Florida Collections, 1983, n.n. 
Boa Raton, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Matta: Re-Generation, 1997, n.n.

Catalogue Note

Conduite interieure and other paintings from this series were inspired by the 1960s dining room of Matta's Parisian home. The walls and ceiling of which were painted throughout creating a box-like effect that transported the viewer into Matta's universe.  A hallmark of Matta's oeuvre has been the challenge of creating the illusion of three-dimensionality within the flat pictorial surface. Matta first explored the concept of images on a cube in several prints, including: I want to see it to believe it (1947) and Cessation d'état et at it (1949). The artist further explored this theme in the exhibition The Open Box at the Kunstmuseum, Lucerne in 1965. The central feature of these works is the unfolded parts of a box which have been flattened. 

Conduite interieure is closely related to Abrir el cubo y encontrar la vida (1969), a work in the collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile. 

This work is included the Archives de l'Oeuvre de Matta under archive number 69/148.