Roberto Matta (1911 - 2002)



Roberto Matta (1911 - 2002)

It's Not A Question of Superman but of integREAL the possible "dialectical humanism" humanity must be the synthesis, 1950
Graphite and color crayon on paper
11.40 x 42.90 in
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This work was featured in the State Hermitage Museum's exhibition Roberto Matta: The fourth Dimension, September 2018 - February 2019. Graphite and crayon drawing on paper created in 1950. Inscription on the bottom reads: "It is not a question of Superman; but of integreal the possible; dialectical humanism; humanity must be the synthesis". This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Archives de L'Oeuvre de Matta and will be included in the forthcoming Matta Catalogue Raisonné, being prepared by Mme Germana Ferrari – Matta.

Chilean-born artist Roberto Matta was an international figure whose worldview represented a synthesis of European, American, and Latin American cultures. As a member of the Surrealist movement and an early mentor to several Abstract Expressionists, Matta broke with both groups to pursue a highly personal artistic vision. His mature work blended abstraction, figuration, and multi-dimensional spaces into complex, cosmic landscapes. Matta's long and prolific career was defined by a strong social conscience and an intense exploration of his internal and external worlds. Matta broke with the conventions of the Surrealist movement by adding a dimension of social and political awareness to his work. He often supplemented an aesthetic of pure abstraction with elements of figuration and precisely rendered, though fantastically conceived, three-dimensional space. Matta's exploration of the unconscious mind through a symbolic language of abstract forms greatly influenced the early development Abstract Expressionism. 

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