Richard Castellane Gallery, New York
Dr & Mrs Richard Levy, New Orleans (acquired by 1971)
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Danese, New York
Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris
Private Collection, USA
Private Collection, USA (acquired from the above. Sold: Sotheby's, Paris, 5th December 2012, lot 11)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Collects, 1971-72, no. 110, illustrated in the catalogue
In his own work Matta examined the liaison between the waking state and the world of dreams, developing a world he termed Psychological Morphology or Inscape, describing an adventure into an alternative reality with its own space-time. Composed of biomorphic elements, Les nerfs-volant presents the viewer with a dream-like world populated by strange, fantastic forms executed in vibrant pink, orange, yellow, green and blue tones. Alluding to the French term ‘cerf-volant’ (‘a kite’), Matta’s enigmatic flying creatures occupy a world of fantasy, whilst at the same time conveying a strong sense of energy and movement.
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